With hot rockabilly boys, gold spray-paint in the streets of San Francisco, and a perfect dose of late adventuring, we think that ‘Night Owls’ would make a pretty cool movie.
We could daydream all day about who could possibly play Beatrix, Jack and everyone else, but fortunately, Jenn Bennett, the genius behind this unputdownable novel, did the hard work for us.
Check out her dream casting right here on MP!
Though Night Owls is my young adult debut, it’s my eighth published book. Readers often ask me if I write characters with specific people in mind. The short answer is no. Occasionally a real person might inspire the initial spark for a character, but by the time the first chapter is written, that character has morphed into someone else entirely. That being said, it’s still fun to think about who would play your characters if Hollywood ever came knocking. So, here’s my shortlist for the Night Owls casting couch.
My heroine: Beatrix “Bex” Adams
Who: 17-year-old anatomical artist
Description: Very short, knows a million ways to braid her dark long, hair; nicknamed “Morticia”
Role goes to: Adelaide Kane (Reign and the Australian soap Neighbours). She’s got Bex’s poise and deadpan attitude, so even though she’s average height, which makes her too tall to play Bex’s “gruesome pixie,” I still vote for her. ~
Runner up: Aubrey Plaza from Parks and Rec.
My hero: Jack Vincent
Who: 17-year-old graffiti artist
Description: Tall, dark, and pompadoured; into retro-rockabilly style
Role goes to: James Dean (Rebel Without a Cause.) Wait, is this allowed? I know he’s dead, but in the book, Bex jokingly describes Jack as looking like what would happen if David Beckham and James Dean had a baby together. He’d have to dye his hair dark, but if we’re reviving the dead, a little trip to the salon’s a breeze.
Bex’s brother: Heath Adams
Who: 19-year-old gay college dropout
Description: Dark, short hair; wears a lot of metal band shirts
Role goes to: Jordan Gavaris (Orphan Black). Sure, Jordan plays a gay guy with short, dark hair on Orphan Black, so this is kind of a no-brainer, but he really would be perfect as Bex’s brother. PERFECT.
Jack’s best friend: Andy Wong
Who: 17-year-old co-worker at Zen bookstore; comic book writer
Description: Tousled black hair, labret piercing
Role goes to: Aaron Yan (Taiwanese drama actor). I think he does more singing than acting these days, but he’s definitely got the charisma and looks to play Andy.
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