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Author's Note: Casting Andrew and Jeannie

I was chatting with a friend earlier  who asked if I had any thoughts about who would be the ideal actors to play Andrew and Jeannie.  I thought that would be worth a discussion.  Here are my current thoughts, but I would like to hear possible suggestions from readers.  I think, at this point, Andrew and Jeannie have been established enough, not just in looks, but also in personality, that you would have some suggestions.

Andrew

From the beginning, I have pictured Andrew to look and sound like Henry Cavill, most recently from the Tudors series on Showtime.  Dark wavy hair, light eyes, British accent.  Age-wise, he fits the slightly SORASed Andrew.  He was born in 1983, so is three years older than Andrew in canon but fits Andrew in the story being 26-27 in 2010.  Here are a few pictures: 

http://cdn.buzznet.com/media/jj1/2009/06/cavill-upstreet/henry-cavill-upstreet-magazine-02.jpg
http://cdn.buzznet.com/media/jj1/2009/04/cavill-fighting/henry-cavill-fighting-premiere-01.jpg
http://cdn.buzznet.com/media/jj1/2009/04/cavill-gucci/henry-cavill-gucci-dinner-03.jpg
http://images.digitalspy.co.uk/08/31/270w_face_off_henry_cavill.jpg

and the gratuitous shirtless shot:  http://filmonic.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/henry-cavill-immortals.jpg (that fits Andrew, who I described as muscular, but lean).

Here are a couple of videos.  The first < http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTLmPZH8G10 > is just an interview to give you an idea of how he sounds.  The second < http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKqFMxdN3Pc > is a fragrance ad that fits my image of a junior ISA agent.

Jeannie

As for Jeannie, I've been having more trouble picturing her.  Jeannie is rather all-American, cute and pretty, but not drop-dead gorgeous or a model-type.  She also is extremely intelligent, but calculating and ambitious.

I'm thinking right now that she would look and sound like Hayden Panettiere (formerly of Heroes).  She has a bit of the all-American look I envisioned for Jeannie and is fairly petite (about 5'4").  And her age is also right.  She was born in 1987, again three years before Jeannie's canon birth, but would fit Jeannie's age in the story, 22-23. 

A few pics that I think show how she would be someone people notice even when dressed down and not heavily made up, plus one where she is a bit more red-carpet worthy:

http://giredo.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/hayden-panettiere-heroes1.jpg
http://www.inquisitr.com/wp-content/blog-hayden_panettiere1.jpg
http://images.askmen.com/photos/hayden-panettiere/12736.jpg
http://images2.fanpop.com/images/photos/8500000/Hayden-Panettiere-hayden-panettiere-8525825-1024-768.jpg
http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u284/Fashion_Critic_/2008/Teen%20Choice%202008/HaydenPanettiereteenchoice.jpg

And here's an interview: < http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URp4SrO-CwQ > to give a sense of how she sounds.

Another actress I've considered is Brittany Snow from American Dreams and Hairspray.  She is about the same height as Panettiere and was born only one year earlier, in 1986, so she could probably fit the 22-22 age.  She also has very striking eyes that remind me of Kim's.  Here are a few photos:

http://thestarceleb.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/Brittany-Snow-Scott-Mikolay-6.23.png
http://www.computerfreewallpapers.com/bulkupload/wall18/Celebrity/Brittany%20Snow/Brittany-Snow-9.jpg
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_vyCf6z7uw8E/SJaRRv3AMwI/AAAAAAAAMis/5rfkqdXWIGA/s400/teenchoicebrittanysnow.JPG

Here is an interview that gives a sense of her voice: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMxMDUxuu7I.  My one issue is that I'm not sure if she sounds as envision as I picture Jeannie.

I also considered Kristen Bell, but she was born in 1980 and is probably too old.

I'm not 100% convinced by any of these actresses, so if you have additional suggestions, please offer them.

Comments

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(Anonymous)
Nov. 29th, 2010 09:21 pm (UTC)
OMG, he is hawt! I'd take him for Andrew any day. The Jeannies, not so much! I don't like any of them and haven't fond anyone I do like for her. :(
jwsel
Nov. 30th, 2010 10:11 pm (UTC)
Yeah, when I took a look at young British actors, the moment I realized that Henry Cavill had blue eyes, I thought he was perfect. He was almost signed to play James Bond, but I think the producers wanted someone a bit older. However, someone else obviously saw him fitting the role of sexy, British spy.

The Jeannies, yeah, I'm not that big on them either. It's just hard to find someone who fits the role. I really didn't want Jeannie to be some super-glamorous woman, ala "a blond Angelina Jolie," because that screams Mary Sue. And while the Brady women were beautiful, I never saw them as modelesque. They were naturally pretty -- and cute -- which is how I picture Jeannie. I'm finding that very hard to find. (On the current show, I think Molly Burnett kind of fits that bill -- though I think she's a woeful actress.) Hopefully someone will come up with some ideas.
jwsel
Nov. 30th, 2010 10:12 pm (UTC)
ITA. Henry Cavill for Andrew just fit. And I agree that Jeannie is really hard. I probably should go peruse the cast lists for all the CW shows and see if there is anyone who looks right.
(Anonymous)
Mar. 20th, 2011 12:58 am (UTC)
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