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Suppose a big budget adaptation was made - WHO WOULD YOU CAST?


It surprises me that noone made an official big name film version with major stars .

Even Orient Express (a very mediocre IMHO book) was translated in the big screen with well known names such as Sean Connery .

When I read the book a couple of decades ago most of the characters were very easy to imagine .

Unfortunately most of these actors are old by now and have outgrew their parts . Some of them can still pull it off though .

Vera Claythorne .....,...... Jodie Foster
Philip Lombard ............. Brad Pitt
William Bloar .............. Klint Eastwood
Dr Armstrong ............... Dustin Hoffman or Robin Williams
Lawrence Wargrave .......... the actor who made a cameo in "Scrooged" (1988)
as the narrator of the show "A Christmas Carol"
(he was very old and I doubt if he is still alive)

Antony Marston ........... Dennis Quaid (although middle aged now think of him
at his youth age "Innerspace" (1987) )

The rest of the characters should definitely be British actors to convey the proper mood (Miss Brent as an old strident spinster , General Mc Arthur as an embittered tired old man etc.)

What would your dream cast would be ?

I guess nowadays we would have Ryan Philippe as Lombard , Rachel Mc Adams as Vera Claythorne , Chris Evans as Tony Marston etc .

What are your thoughts ?






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Lawrence Wargrave .......... the actor who made a cameo in "Scrooged" (1988)


If you're talking about John Houseman, yes, he's dead.

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I would cast:

Vera Claythorne .....,...... Kate Winslet
Philip Lombard ............. Russell Crowe
Dr Armstrong ............... Jim Broadbent
Emily Brent ................ Helen Mirren
Lawrence Wargrave .......... David McCallum
Antony Marston ............. Christian Bale
William Blore .............. Brendon Gleeson
Rogers ..................... Alan Rickman
Mrs. Rogers ................ Emma Thompson
General Mackenzie .......... Christopher Plummer

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Excellent suggestions! I've got all six film versions (one, made for tv) and keep thinking it's time for a top-notch remake. Hadn't thought about the casting till now. This lot would be brilliant!

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Bigger names doesn't always equal better...The 1945 version is the definitive version as far as I'm concerned.

I collect dead pigeons then I press them between the pages of a book.

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I really do think this needs a remake. Perhaps a modern one? Could you imagine U.N Owen speaking from a computer via Text to Speech? That would be kinda chilling IMO.

Vera Claythorne .....,...... Kate Winslet
Philip Lombard ............. Christian Bale
Dr Armstrong ............... Liam Neeson
Emily Brent ................ Helena Bonham Carter
Lawrence Wargrave .......... Anthony Hopkins
Antony Marston ............. Jim Sturgess
William Blore .............. David Harewood
Rogers ..................... Alan Rickman
Mrs. Rogers ................ Imelda Staunton
General Mackenzie .......... Christopher Lee

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That is a great cast karloffornia. I'd love to see that.

By Grabthar's Hammer...what a savings.

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Philip Lombard: Cillian Murphy

Vera Claythorne: Rose Byrne

Judge Lawrence Wargrave: Sir Ben Kinglsey

William Henry Blore: Timothy Dalton

Dr. Edward Armstrong: Colin Firth

Emily Brent: Helen Mirren

General John MacArthur: Alan Rickman

Thomas Rogers: Richard E. Grant

Ethel Rogers: Emily Watson

Anthony Marston: Daniel Radcliffe (Just because it would throw the audience for a total loop killing of Radcliffe first)

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