Tough Justice is an 8-part high octane FBI Thriller by Carla Cassidy, Tyler Anne Snell, Carol Ericson and Gail Barrett. you read that correctly 8 parts (which I will be reviewing today as well in different posts.) I have an amazing giveaway for you and a wonderful guest post. So sit back and enjoy!
About the Tough Justice Series
FBI Agent Lara Grant has finally put her life as an undercover operative behind her and started a new assignment in New York City. But her past and present collide and become ever more twisted as a spate of murders send a message that is cruelly, chillingly personal…
Guest Post by romantic suspense author Carol Ericson
If TOUGH JUSTICE Became a TV Series, This Is Who I Would Cast
I could totally see TOUGH JUSTICE as a TV series. Like many authors, when I’m writing a scene it plays out in my head visually. I imagine how the characters move, their facial expressions when they talk, the tone and timbre of their voices. I actually see the scene unfold on a “screen” in my head. Sometimes these details make it onto the page and sometimes they just inform my overall sense of the scene and the undercurrents of the dialogue.
The physical appearance of my characters is less clear to me when I envision a scene. I don’t usually assign a face to my characters when I’m creating them. Some authors like to identify actors for their characters, even going so far as printing out their pictures and sticking them to their computer monitors for inspiration. I may have an actor in mind when I think about my character, but for me it’s more of a “type” I’m thinking about. So, my hero may be a Hugh Jackman “type,” but I’m not seeing Hugh Jackman when I’m writing. I suppose this is partly because I expect my readers to put their own faces to my characters, just as I do when I’m reading a book.
Usually when I see a movie before reading the book (i.e. Harry Potter), once I get to the book the movie actor’s faces are all I can see for those characters. Harry, Ron, and Hermione will always and forever be Daniel, Rupert, and Emma for me. That’s not as disconcerting as the opposite situation. When I read a book before seeing its movie adaptation I have a clear picture of the characters in my head, and the movie version of those characters is often jarring. This happened with Tom Cruise in the role of Lestat in Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire. Cheeky, all-American boy Cruise playing the darkly dangerous and seductive Lestat? Say it ain’t so. I think even Rice had her reservations. However, Cruise fully inhabited that role and owned it. A more recent example for me was Josh Hutcherson playing Peta in The Hunger Games – not the Peta I envisioned at all. Still, Hutcherson did a great job playing the part of Peta and by the fourth movie in the series, I had accepted him. Obviously, I’m not the only reader who goes through these agonies. When Jamie Dornan was cast as Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey, I thought my Internet would explode!
So, back to my casting of Tough Justice.
For Lara Grant, I’m going to go with Rachel McAdams. Put aside the pretty rich girl from The Notebook and the cute, dimpled rich girl from Wedding Crashers. Instead, think about the tough, troubled homicide detective from True Detective. While that series had its issues, Rachel McAdams was not one of them. A pared-down Rachel with less make-up, jeans, boots, and a tough-girl attitude works wonderfully for Lara.
For Nick Delano, I’ve got Justin Theroux in my sights (lucky me!). I became much better acquainted with Justin’s work from his role as Kevin Garvey in the HBO series The Leftovers. Justin has the dark good looks, charm, and the slight edge that Nick possesses.
Helen Mirren could inhabit the part of Victoria Russo quite nicely. Her air of precision and unruffled calm, as well as her appearance, suit Victoria well. I’m particularly thinking about her role as a Mossad agent in The Debt.
Although she’s Korean and not Chinese, I could see Grace Park from Hawaii Five-O as Mei Wang. She plays a lot of cops and would be believable as an FBI agent. A young Michelle Yeoh from her Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon years would be perfect for the role, also.
Imagine Emma Stone with a pair of funky glasses and her red hair slightly mussed and I think she’d be a good match for Cass McDonner. The way she looked in Birdman would work for Cass.
If Kevin Hart can do serious, I’d like him for Ty Jackson. He has the physical look I pictured for Ty, and he definitely has the humor. A lot of comedians have branched off into dramatic roles, so maybe this can be Kevin’s first!
Is Zac Efron too pretty for Xander Harrington? When I was writing Xander, I was picturing a very good looking young man, one who takes his good looks and wealthy background for granted. I think Zac with lighter hair could inhabit that role with ease.
So, that’s the entire Crisis Management Unit, but I did leave out one very important Tough Justice casting decision—Moretti. I almost don’t want to give Moretti a face. He is elusive, slick; he is who you want him to be. I’m going to leave Moretti as a faceless entity and you can picture anyone you want in that role.
Now, if we could only afford them all!
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About the Author
Carol Ericson is a best-selling, award-winning author of more than 45 books, including over 25 books for Harlequin Enterprises. Carol has an eerie fascination for true crime stories, a love of film noir, and a weakness for reality TV, all of which fuel her imagination to create her own tales of murder, mayhem, mystery, and romance. To find out more about Carol and her current projects, please visit her website at http://www.carolericson.com, “where romance flirts with danger.”
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