Open Book Society is excited to be a tour stop in CM Doporto’s Element blog tour, presented by Bewtiching Book Tours!  Keep reading for an entertaining guest blog written by Doporto that is a perfect fit for OBS as it’s very similar to our Casting Couch feature!  Also included in this post is more information on Element including your chance to win a copy and a chance to read another of Doporto’s works for FREE!!  That’s right I said FREE!  So what are you waiting for!  Scroll down and dig on in!

 Check our review of Element, Part 1 here!

Who Could Play the Characters in ‘Element’: a Guest Blog by Author CM Doprto

When I started developing the character’s profile and personality type for Element, I needed a visual. I had to visualize in my head what they would look like so I could describe them. I immediately came up with a few actors based on movies I’ve seen or shows I watched in the past. For others, I had to scour the internet, looking for that perfect person that showcased the features of the characters from the book. If Element was turned into a motion picture here are the actors that could play the part.

Jessica Lowndes, from 90210 would make a perfect Natalie Vega. Her dark hair and striking blue eyes are a perfect match of how I envisioned Natalie. I also found a few clip of Jessica in a more natural look, which is exactly how Natalie starts out in the book.

I think Liam Hemsworth, from the Hunger Games would make an awesome Ryan Garrett. All he needs is brown eyes, which can be done with contacts and a little basking in the sun for that perfect half Hispanic, half Anglo look. Not to mention, he’s darn cute!

Spencer Boldman, from the Disney Channel, could play the part of Natalie’s ex-boyfriend, Toni Rossi. There’s something about Spencer’s dark hair and eyes that would allow him to pass for an Italian. Can you picture him talking with a debonair accent?

Natalie’s roommate and good friend, Lise Conner, could be played perfectly by Debbie Ryan. I know, I watch too much Disney Channel. What can I say? I have a six year old son. All Debbie would need is blond hair to match the outgoing and ditzy character she plays on Jessie.

When it came to plotting Sal Rodriguez, Ryan Garret’s cousin and good friend, I have to admit that I couldn’t get Taylor Launter out of my mind. So, I did what any writer would do, I describe him as the shirtless hunk we came to know thanks to Stephenie Meyer.

When I started forming the character, Dr. Kronberg, I instantly thought of Ian Holm. The role he played as a scientific professor in the Day After Tomorrow stuck in my head and I knew that was exactly how he would look and talk with his witty British accent. Obviously, he would have to talk with a Swedish accent since Dr. Kronberg is from Sweden.

Finally, for the antagonist, Russ Hayle, the infamous Dylan McDermott would fit in perfectly. Picture him with salt and pepper hair and poof: you get the sleazy, no good villain that is too good looking to hate.

 There you have it, my list of famous actors who could cast the role of Element should it ever make it to the big screen. I know, hopeful wishing but at least you have the picture perfect image when you read the story.

About the Book:

College freshman, Natalie Vega, offers to be a test patient for several vitamins and supplements created by Kronberg Laboratories, a large pharmaceutical company where she interns. Immediately her body starts going through physical changes but when she runs into her former high school crush, Ryan Garrett, she is unaware of the life altering affects he will have on her.

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