In a perfect world, we'd have the power to cast the actors in movie adaptations of our beloved books, but for now, we can entertain ourselves with our own dream cast. Here's mine for John Green's Looking for Alaska.
Miles Halter a.k.a. Pudge: Freddie Highmore
Looking for the tall, skinny, and ironically named protagonist, Logan Lerman actually comes to mind first, but I associate him way too much with The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Besides, Freddie Highmore has been nothing but amazing as the troubled Norman Bates on TV series Bates Motel, and playing this Holden Caulfield-like character is right up as his alley.
Runner-up: Grant Gustin. The new Flash has proven he can play earnest and mischievous on Arrow and Glee, and his lean physique is a plus. He might not have time, though, with his new TV show to be filmed and hyped up.
Alaska Young: Kaya Scodelario
Because Kaya has already been the beautiful, unpredictable, and self-destructing girl on British TV series Skins. Effy Stonem and Alaska Young were cut from the same cloth, and I immediately pictured Kaya as Alaska as I was reading the book. Call it typecasting, but this is the perfect role that could finally be Kaya's golden ticket to the Hollywood scene. (Although Maze Runner will hopefully take care of that when it comes out in September.)
Runner-up: Nina Dobrev. Because Nina has also been the beautiful, unpredictable, and self-destructing girl on The Vampire Diaries as Elena, Katherine, and Amara. Consider her three major roles and five seasons on the show her audition piece.
Chip Martin a.k.a. the Colonel: Josh Hutcherson
Like The Hunger Games' Peeta Mellark, the Colonel is short and stocky, and loyal to a fault. The difference is that as the prank mastermind of the gang, the Colonel actually has fun. This supporting role might be a step down for Josh, who has already cemented his leading man status with the dystopian series, but he might want a nice vacation away but not too far from Good Guy Town.
Lara Buterskaya: Sarah Hyland
The Modern Family star has perky, trouble-making exchange student written all over her face.
Takumi Harihoto: Aaron Yoo
Now that The Tomorrow People has been canceled, Aaron Yoo can take his sense of humor and comedic timing to Culver Creek.
Mr. Starnes a.k.a. the Eagle: Andre Braugher
Like the Eagle, Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s hilariously deadpan Captain watches over his people as if they were his children. Dude even has his own Look of Doom.
But when all is said and speculated, we'll just have to trust the casting people. After all, no one thought then-unknown Ansel Elgort would be the perfect Augustus Waters, and now we can't imagine anyone else as our Gus. Okay? Okay.
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