All right, so here’s the fourth installment of the Cast This poll series! Personally, when reading the book, it was difficult for me to picture Wanda’s final body, Pet. Those casting may or may not have the actress playing Pet be Wanda’s voice inside Melanie’s head for the rest of the movie. I’m interested to see how they’ll work that out. Pet is described as “petite and delicate with golden hair, freckled skin, grey eyes, and a dimple in her chin” (taken from The Host’s wikipedia page). I think a challenge with finding this actress is that she is supposed to be 16, going on 17, which means she’ll probably be a relatively unknown (and inexperienced) actress. There was one actress I felt might fit the bill and that I know has some acting potential, Bridgit Mendler.
Slightly younger picture of her
My concern with casting her is that she may be too old to play the character believably (Bridgit is 19). I know there are shows and movies that have passed older actors/actresses off as high school aged (e.g. Glee) so it’s possible they can make this work, too. Of course there would need to be some work on her hair, eyes, and freckles (and we’d have to forgive the lack of accurate chin, which I think is a minor detail).
The only other idea I had was a girl I found on imdb (Allie Grant) who is the appropriate age and I think could look the part. My only hesitation is that I’m not familiar with her acting ability, though she has had a long run on a popular tv show.
So without further ado, you can comment with your ideas for who should play Wanderer/Wanda (either her voice during the movie inside the heads of her bodies, or her final body, Pet) and will post the results after everyone’s had a chance to weigh in.