I think it’s only natural that when a writer writes a book, they instinctively visualise a certain actor or actress playing a particular role. For me, knowing who that person is helps me to establish their voice in the story. Knowing how they performed in past movies or TV programmes gives me a good basis for figuring out how they would act in my story.
With the release of “The Renegade Spy”, I thought it would be fun to show you who I visualised in the main roles.
Captain Sophie Decker (Gabrielle Anwar)
I admit it, I am a HUGE Gabrielle Anwar fan. I am a helpless fanboy who would lose the power of speech if she came to my front door. I watched every episode of “Burn Notice” religiously, and her role as an IRA terrorist in hiding, helping a “burnt” CIA agent just captivated me every week.
If my books ever get made into a movie or TV series, I will insist on Gabrielle Anwar playing Sophie! I will agree to anything! Anwar has that “bitchiness” factor that Decker also has.
Lieutenant Wolfgang Schmitz – James Frain
I don’t know why I thought of James Frain when I wrote the part of Wolfgang Schmitz into “The Renegade Spy”. My mind works in mysterious ways, and when I invented Schmitz, Frain immediately popped into my head and refused to budge.
Frain is well-known for his role as Thomas Cromwell in “The Tudors”, which was mainly the reason I stuck with the series for so long. He is such a compelling talented actor.
Hans Unterwald – Frank Langella
God, where do you start with Frank Langella? This guy is an absolute legend. Best known for his recent role in The Americans as Soviet handler “Gabriel”, Langella has acting credits going all the way back to 1965!
My first experience watching him was as the corrupt chief of staff in “Dave”, a rather offbeat 1993 comedy, starring Kevin Klein. But in my opinion, it was The Americans he will be best remembered for. His departure from that show is an absolute tragedy.
German Chancellor Claudia Meyer – Sigourney Weaver
In my opinion, Sigourney Weaver is one of the most underrated actresses in Hollywood. People seem to remember her only for Ghostbusters and Alien (and she was good in those franchises). But she was also particularly good as Queen Isabel in “1492: Conquest of Paradise”, and the short-lived “Political Animals” (which I thought didn’t get enough attention paid to it). In that, she played the US Secretary of State, with Presidential aspirations and a philandering husband (remind you of anyone?).
I think she would be perfect as Meyer. I probably couldn’t afford Weaver’s salary demands though! I wonder if she does small indie projects?!
I guess the only question now is – how good are their German accents?!