Dream Casting for the Tarot Movie

Okay, what would be the dream cast for Tarot: The Magician? Since this is totally fictional, I can pick whomever I want, right? No matter how high profile or farfetched. Okay then, lets get this thing rolling.

First off, I know I’d want a director who could handle the creepier aspects of the book and not be overwhelmed with the surreal landscape of the Tarot world. The short list was down to one director: Guillermo del Toro. I’ve always admired his work, all the way back to Cronos.

Guillermo del Toro and the faun from Pan's Labyrinth.

Guillermo del Toro and the faun from Pan’s Labyrinth.

Now the principal characters. The main character, Kassandra, was hard to cast. She had to be an actress who could be snarky, but at the same time hold onto a lot of pain and guilt. My final choice is Chloë Grace Moretz. You would know her as Hit Girl from KickAss or from the remake of Carrie.

Chloë Grace Moretz from Carrie. She certainly has the look for Kassandra.

Chloë Grace Moretz from Carrie. She certainly has the look for Kassandra and the chops to handle the role.

With her cast, I now needed her adversary: Luke Rykell. This was a hard part to assign. The character is 600 years old and charming as all get out. Robert Patterson came to mind, but he’s been overexposed in the role of Edward Cullen for too long. Plus, I wanted something of a smart ass for this role. A person you’d instantly trust, only to find later that your trust was mislaid. The answer: Andrew Garfield.

Andrew Garfield ready to charm you as Luke Rykell.

Andrew Garfield ready to charm you as Luke Rykell.

Luke’s brother, Gabriel, was even harder to cast. I needed someone who you could ultimately trust, but that had a deep well of guilt tearing at his inner being. Darn, that sounds way too poetic, although it perfectly sums up Gabriel. He is the ultimate Romantic (as in the poets). The answer was Kit Harrington from Game of Thrones.

Although he'd need to shave, Kit has all the qualities needed to play Gabriel Rykell.

Although he’d need to shave, Kit has all the qualities needed to play Gabriel Rykell.

Kassandra’s mom was the hardest to cast (why do they get harder as I move through the list?) Many actresses I envisioned as the mom were too old or just not right for the character. Then Kate Winslet cropped up, and I knew she was perfect.

Kate would perfectly deliver the role of the mom who just wasn't there for her daughter.

Kate would perfectly deliver the role of the mom who just wasn’t there for her daughter.

Auntie Jo was the easiest and the first character I was able to cast: Queen Latifah. Although she’s not a perfect match for the role physically (the characters is heavier and has an afro) her demeanor fits Auntie Jo to a T.

Queen Latifah would rock as the past-life obsessed Auntie Jo.

Queen Latifah would rock as the past-life obsessed Auntie Jo.

Kassandra’s Dad was an important character to cast. He’s the catalyst for the entire novel. Also, Kassandra meets him inside the Tarot deck to hash out her issues. It’s a small role, so I figured, why not give it to a big actor. They take cameo roles, right? Besides, this a dream cast. Then I thought of 12 Monkeys and how great Brad Pitt was in that wacky world.

Brad as the troubled father to Kassandra. Only after his death does he really learn to connect to her.

Brad as the troubled father to Kassandra. Only after his death does he really learn to connect to her.

That only left Lindsay, the bossy social queen bee of the high school. This is a girl who’s used to pushing people around. Yet she also had to be a red head, that was always in my mind throughout the story. The answer? Another actor from Spiderman: Emma Stone.

I always described Lindsay with a sweep of red hair grazing her face, and here's Emma with the same look. Perfect!

I always described Lindsay with a sweep of red hair grazing her face, and here’s Emma with the same look. Perfect!

Did I do all right? I hope so. This would be an awesome cast for any film. Imagine what these actors would do in the freaky world of the Tarot?

Tim Kane

Which Type of “Cool” Are You?

I was walking my dog in the park the other day and saw a couple walking by. The guy was doing everything he could to “look cool”. Then I thought, every guy tries to look cool, but each in different ways. What are the different styles of cool? Can you think of anyone you know who’d qualify?

Jock Cool
These are the kids who want nothing more than to wear a team jacket along with a championship ring. They define themselves by their sport and their workout routine. My mind blanked on modern examples, so I went old school on this one.

Emilio Estevez from Breakfast Club

Nerd Cool
These guys live for the A+ grade. They do all their homework, everyday. They even ask for extra credit to do over vacations. If they’re not solving a problem, then they’re not living. Their self-worth derives from their class rank.

Although Sheldon (from Big Bang Theory) also has geek cool, he mostly defines himself by his ability to outsmart others.

Geek Cool
How many action figures have you got? These guys strive to be big in the popular culture universe of video games, comic books, role playing games, you name it. In fact, these fellas are perfectly happy to invent an alternate universe to live in, so long as there are rolled tacos.

Simon Pegg from the movie Paul believes that aliens are among us.

Party Cool
You know this type. He attends every party (that is, if he isn’t throwing it himself). The more people in attendance, then the higher his social status (even if he hardly knows who they all are).

Robert Downey Jr from Iron Man II. When he’s not hanging out in giant doughnuts, he throws amazing parties.

Counterculture Cool
At best, these guys are original and imaginative. At worst, they simply assume the uniform of “the different”. Generally, if everyone else likes something, then this guy won’t.

Pretty much every movie Johnny Depp acts in defines itself by its desire for a different worldview. He embodies the best of the counterculture.

Skater Cool
This is a subset of counterculture cool. Saggy pants, board in hand, this guy likes nothing more than to ride. He defines himself by the tricks he can perform and his hair gel.

Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker in Amazing Spiderman. Loved how they started him off as a skater.

 

Smart-Ass Cool
This guy always has a joke or a comeback. He defines himself by how hard he can make you laugh. If you squirt milk out your nose, bonus.

Adam Sandberg comic stars opposite old school funny man Adam Sandler. He lives and breaths the funny.

Every style has its uniform and expectations. The goal, of course, is to step outside these molds and discover the real you. Then you have internal cool, like these guys.

The king of cool. From music to film, David Bowie oozes coolness.

It’s Frank Sinatra’s world. We just live in it. If you’ve never heard old blue eyes sing, then you haven’t lived.

Nuff Said.

Tim Kane