All right, so I’ve just gone through the comments and tallied up the votes and suggestions. Elle Fanning and Anna Sophia Robb are the leaders, by far, but I feel that these numbers are also skewed because Elle was my top choice and Anna Sophia was mentioned in my previous post, as well.
The main concern with Elle is that she is so young, and I agree. However, at least with this first movie, I can think of only a couple romance scenes and those can be kept age appropriate for her. Since we don’t know when the next book (not to mention the next movie) will be coming out, if Meyer decides to use these same characters, Elle would be older and able to do more on screen. The earliest we would see another book in this series would be at least a year from now, but Meyer said recently that she is not working on the sequel right now and a previous interview noted that she has 10 years to write it before the filmmakers can take over that role. So even if she did write it now and it came out in a year, it would be another year beyond that for the movie to come out, meaning Elle would be 16 at that time. Point being, I don’t think we need to make her age as big a problem as we currently are. Both of these girls have done work recently that could count towards the hint that has been removed from twitter about the actress being someone who has been well known in recent years.
What I thought most interesting, though, was that 9 new actresses, who were not brought to light in the first round of this Cast This, were suggested for the part. I’ve included their names and photos below. As always, clicking on their names will bring you to their IMDB pages.
I really like the idea of Chloe in the part. She’s only a year older than Elle (see note above), but this still keeps her younger than the other actors, as she should be, to fit with the book. She has also done a large number of films in recent years, which would fit with the hint we were previously given. I’ve seen her in a number of films and I think that she could definitely keep the level of acting ability up there with Ronan’s. I mention this because it was a concern a couple people expressed in the comments.
This (Breslin) is another actress who has been in a large number of projects in recent years.
According to IMDB, she has done a few projects lately that could make her well known in certain demographics.
See note under ‘Hyland’.
She hasn’t been in much recently. The only title I recognize is ‘True Grit’ (didn’t see it), but I see that she is in the upcoming ‘Ender’s Game’ and, knowing how much of a big deal this book is in the sci fi community, she probably has some good acting potential.
Phew, that was a long list! I really appreciate each and everyone’s insight and input on this post. Hopefully one of these beautiful actresses will end up being the one cast in the film. 🙂 Now, I want to predicate my next statements by saying that I am by no means an expert on which actors and actresses are ‘popular’ right now, especially since at 26, this film is probably not geared towards my age group :P. However, in my ever humble opinion, of the girls mentioned by all of you, I still feel that it would most likely be Elle Fanning or Chloe Grace Moretz. Personally, I like both of these actresses. I’ve seen more of Chloe’s work than Elle’s and I feel that she is a very strong actress, but I also see that Elle has a great deal of potential. I would be pleased with either one of these choices.
All in all, we will simply have to continue to wait and wonder until they make the announcement (who knows, maybe they’ll draw it out until the official premiere, even!). Thanks again to everyone who participated in this edition of Cast This!