Casting Call: “Red Clay and Roses”: If the Author Could Cast the Film

Book Description:

A fictionalized true story of life in the Deep South during the time of Jim Crow Law, and before Roe vs. Wade. Women were supposed to keep quiet and serve, abortion was illegal, adoption difficult, and racism rampant. The discovery of an old ledger opens a window into the dynamics of the 1950s-60s, when the world was beginning to change. Mystery, rape, murder, drama, and forbidden love meld as the origin of the ledger unfolds.

Unspoken secrets are shared between Beatrice, The Good Doctor’s wife, and Moses Grier, their black handyman. The Grier’s daughter, Althea, suffers a tragedy that leaves her family silent and mournful. Her brother, Nathan, a medical student, looks for answers from a community that is deaf, blind, and dumb.

A summer romance between Nathan and Sybil, an independent, high-spirited, white woman, leaves more unresolved. Sybil is torn between living the mundane life of her peers, or a life that involves fastening herself to a taboo relationship. Witness social progress through the eyes of those who lived it.

Casting Call:  Red Clay and Roses

9781483402000_p0_v1_s114x166I recently saw a post on the lovely Helen Valentina’s site.  She is the author of the newly released book titled “The Seed”.  I loved the post and told her that I was going to steal her idea and create a post doing a Ebook Jpg (2)casting call for “Red Clay and Roses”.  Of course, she was fine with that, so here it is:  My list of actors and actresses for the characters in “Red Clay and Roses”:  I ordered them as they appeared in the story:

1)      Hannah Hamilton:  A nurse and narrator of the first person in the introduction and first five chapters and the conclusion.

Jennifer Anniston

Jennifer Aniston, because she needs to do a serious part and she has that “Girl next door” image that would make a good Nurse figure. She would also be able to be patient with Beatrice and Moses as they tell their stories, and show them compassion.

2)      Sybil Hamilton: Narrator’s 80 year old cousin, who tells Hannah her story and hands over her diaries. Nathan’s love interest.

3)      Beatrice Handley:  Wife of The Good Doctor who is plagued by delusions and hallucinations of fairy babies and dark angels.

Betty White for sure.  She could play both the mature Beatrice and the elderly Beatrice just fine. I could see her old and crumpled but a bit of a funny character with red tinged hair.  I would just love to have her personality in my movie.

Betty White for sure. She could play both the mature Beatrice and the elderly Beatrice just fine. I could see her old and crumpled but a bit of a funny character with red tinged hair. I would just love to have her personality in my movie.

4)      The Good Doctor: The local chiropractor and former Army Medic.

Muse Watson (NCIS, Prison break)  I could see him trying his hand at farming and then cleaning up to become a chiropractor.  I think he could pull off the limp well also.

Muse Watson (NCIS, Prison break) I could see him trying his hand at farming and then cleaning up to become a chiropractor. I think he could pull off the limp well also.

5)      Moses Grier:  The Good Doctor’s handyman and patriarch of the Grier family.

Laurence Fishburne with his gapped tooth could be quite convincingly authoritarian, yet kind, and as an elderly man could project the mild humor and sorrow that Moses needs in character form.

Laurence Fishburne with his gapped tooth could be quite convincingly authoritarian, yet kind, and as an elderly man could project the mild humor and sorrow that Moses needs in character form.

6)      Eula Mae Grier:  Matriarch of the Grier family and mother to Nathan and Althea.

Nia Long is a fairer skinned black actress that would make a terrific Eula Mae.  The 12th richest black actress in the wolrd.  I won't hold my breath on this one.  She is cute and has the right frame and sauciness.

Nia Long is a fairer skinned black actress that would make a terrific Eula Mae. The 12th richest black actress in the world. I won’t hold my breath on this one. She is cute and has the right frame and sauciness.

7)      Althea Grier: Sixteen year old Grier daughter, who is brutally raped, planned to become famous for her singing abilities and Bee Bop music.

Bianca Lawson at 33 yo has played 16 yos in other castings quite well.  She was a lesbian love interest in "Pretty Little Liars".  She also played in the series "Saved By The Bell'". She would make a great Althea in that Althea saw herself  as glamourous and wanted to seek fame and fortune before her tragedy.

Bianca Lawson at 33 yo has played 16 yos in other castings quite well. She was a lesbian love interest in “Pretty Little Liars”. She also played in the series “Saved By The Bell'”. She would make a great Althea in that Althea saw herself as glamourous and wanted to seek fame and fortune before her tragedy.

8)      Swamp Witch Wilma: An elderly quadroon who lives in a swamp.

Naomi Harris from "Pirates of the Caribbean" would be perfect for the role of The Swamp Witch with a little make up to make her even older.  She certainly has the accent and voice for it.

Naomi Harris from “Pirates of the Caribbean” would be perfect for the role of The Swamp Witch with a little make up to make her even older. She certainly has the accent and voice for it.

9)      Nathan Grier: Grier son, medical student at Howard University in Washington, DC, Civil Rights activist.  Sybil’s love interest.

Shemar moore, of course, just because I think he's HOT.  Also, he is a good actor who can talk street talk or speak eloquently.

Shemar Moore, of course, just because I think he’s HOT. Also, he is a good actor who can talk street talk or speak eloquently.  I would also like to see him in the scene where Nathan is chopping wood without his shirt on.

10)    Trenton Stipes: Pawn Shop owner/accountant who keeps The Good Doctor’s books.

Muscular, swaggering and tough, Scott Caan would suit the unlikeable character of Trent with his fifties "bad boy" image.

Muscular, swaggering and tough, Scott Caan would suit the unlikeable character of Trent with his fifties “bad boy” image. Nathan’s rival.

In the general line up, I think we would have a pretty good movie going!  THE DEBUT CAST LINE UP FOR “RED CLAY AND ROSES”!!! 

35 thoughts on “Casting Call: “Red Clay and Roses”: If the Author Could Cast the Film

  1. This is fab, really brings another dimension to the book when you see the characters pictured. It would make a great film, and we can say we always knew she would be famous, lol 🙂

    • It would be terrific if an Indie Film of the book actually took off. Most don’t, but it is sort of like bands going around to different venues, until they can become famous. The book would be great publicity for the movie and the movie would be great publicity for the book. It would take years to produce and would not be cheap.

    • You know, I was told once not to ever put a face with your book, not even on your cover image art, (it steals away imaginations, supposedly) but this casting call was fun, and I do think it adds to the interest of the book to see how it would cast out in a movie. I am glad that I dared to do it.

  2. What a fabulous cast! Laurence Fishburne…wow..love him..I pretty much make it a point to see anything I can he is in!! And the other choices are great too! I shall visualise them when I read your book. And yes!! make the movie a reality if you can – it sounds wonderful!! Kickstarter sounds like a good idea as a funding source! My fingers and toes are crossed!! 🙂 🙂

    • Your skits inspire me! I thought about an audio book, but I really think the Indie film would be way cool. I first need to put together a book trailer, and again, your skits inspire me.

    • whoo hoo, I just got moved up to #8 on the Amazon search page for “Faction Novel”…yes faction not fiction, by hey, at least it is the first page of a search
      on Amazon….right up there with a faction from Africa and books on literature and books on political faction, but hey…it’s the first page of an Amazon search whoo whoo!

  3. What a grand idea! I had such fun reading about your choices, and knowing these characters makes this post all the more interesting! Your pick for young Sybil is my favorite.

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