Top Five Wednesday: Favorite Fancasts

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Today’s Top Five Wednesday is all about the actresses and actors you’d love to see bring a book to TV or the big screen. I admit that when writing my T5W posts this month, this is the last one that I drafted because I really do not fancast. I often come up with what the characters may look like in real life in my head, without having an actor or actress in mind. However, I do have a few fun fancasts that I’d love to see come to life in a film adaptation.

Lin Manuel-Miranda as Alexander Hamilton and Phillipa Soo as Eliza Schuyler-Hamilton in Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz and I, Eliza Hamilton by Susan Holloway Scott– As you’re probably (correctly) assuming, this fancast is indeed influenced by the original cast of Hamilton: An American Musical. When reading Alex & Eliza especially, I almost completely disregarded the physical descriptions of Alex and Eliza and swapped in Lin and Phillipa. If the role of Alex and Eliza ever need to be filled on the big screen, I’ll sign those two up immediately.

Finn Hudson as Wallace in Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia– Yes, I realize that Finn Hudson is a character himself on Glee, but I remember picturing him as Wallace when I read Eliza and Her Monsters. It was mostly because of Wallace being a football player, but I think his sweet and quieter side reminded me of Finn’s personality in his relationship with Rachel.

Lili Reinhart as Lucy in The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord– Since she plays Betty Cooper in Riverdale, I could see Lili playing high-schooler and camp counselor Lucy in an adaptation of The Names They Gave Us. If my memory is correct, Lili and Lucy’s physical descriptions are alike and I think that like Betty, Lili could take on Lucy’s innocent and determined demeanor.

Darren Criss as Harry Potter in Harry Potter in the Cursed ChildThis fancast is one-hundred percent inspired by Darren Criss as Harry in Starkid’s A Very Potter Musical (if you have no idea what I’m talking about, copy the musical into the Youtube search bar and enjoy). We get Darren as teenage Harry in AVPM, and I think it’s time for him to bring adulthood Harry to the stage. I would also probably enjoy the AVPM adaptation of Cursed Child a bit more than my experience reading the script.

Cole Sprouse as Wylan in Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo– If Cole Sprouse dyed his hair brown, I think he could be a near-perfect Wylan (let’s be honest, book Wylan will always be the best).

Top 5 Wednesday is a collaborative group of book bloggers from various platforms who love sharing lists on Wednesdays. The T5W group can be found here on Goodreads.


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