I thought it might be fun to cast Matchbox Girls today. I don't ever expect it to be a movie, but it's useful to have celebrity models for characters, don't you think? And it's certainly fun to try casting them. For the actors chosen below, there's sometimes costume changes in terms of colored contacts or hair dye. And sometimes they're a few years too old. Ah, well. Rather than do something scary with Photoshop, I'm just noting the changes here. So, enjoy the scenery!
The twins are identical, but I think the two pictures I chose of different actresses convey the personality of the two girls, Lissa and Kari, very well:
Joey King (Kari)
Bella Thorne (Lissa)
I had to pick out models for Marley when my publisher commissioned a picture of her as a preorder bonus. So there's a canonical picture of her. Maybe that influenced my new actress choice, or maybe I wasn't thinking clearly before. In any case, I can see Ellen Page portraying Marley, with all her frustration and anxiety and determination perfectly.
Ellen Page (Marley)
The Best Friends:
A bit of futurecasting here. Branwyn is a natural redhead, but dyes her hair green. It was a challenge to pick these two out; I spent more time on them than anybody else. Again, I ended up going for attitude over perfect physical resemblance.
Mila Kunis (Penny)
Bryce Dallas Howard (Branwyn)
The Mysterous Allies:
I love Joseph Gordon Levitt, although still pictures never seem to capture what I love about him. The Corbin in my head could be played by JGL but only resembles him in the basics: built lean, with dark hair and a bit of a nerdy air. Just a bit, though. The bookworm who still goes out on adventures. AT is about five years younger than Zoe Kravitz in this picture and has shorter, much curlier hair. Still, the first time I saw Zoe Kravitz, I knew she was otherwise perfect.
Joseph Gordon Levitt (Corbin)
Zoe Kravitz (AT)
The Dangerous Supernaturals:
Which one would you trust?
Ian Somerhalder (Severin)
Chris Hemsworth (Ettoriel)
I hope you've enjoyed this look at the faces of Matchbox Girls!
Paperback: 324 pages
Publisher: Candlemark & Gleam
Marley Claviger is just trying to get her life together. Stumbling into an ancient conflict between celestial forces is going to make that a whole lot harder... When Marley wakes up to a phone call from a pair of terrified children, she doesn't expect to be pulled into a secret war.
She rescues them from an empty house and promises to find their missing uncle. She even manages to feed them dinner. But she barely feels competent to manage her own life, let alone care for small children with strange, ominous powers... And when a mysterious angelic figure shows up and tries to claim the girls, it all falls apart...
Plagued by visions of disaster, Marley has no idea what she's gotten herself into, but she knows one thing: magical or not, the kids need her.
Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/bAhT-MTK9cE
"Lovely worldbuilding and an unusual heroine surrounded by strong relationships and good intrigue kept me reading Matchbox Girls until well past my bedtime. Tzavelas has created a winning story universe and I'm impatient for the next book!"
- CE Murphy, author of Urban Shaman and The Queen's Bastard
About the Author:
Chrysoula Tzavelas went to twelve schools in twelve years while growing up as an Air Force brat, and she never met a library she didn't like. She now lives near Seattle with some random adults, miscellaneous animals, and a handy small child. She likes combed wool, bread dough, and gardens. She's also a certified technology addict; it says so on her (trademark-redacted) music player.