After I announced the optioning on Facebook last Friday, my pal Stephen Campbell suggested we play a little game called “Who will play Jaclyn Johnson?” in a potential future movie. Of course, I don’t know if I would have a say in casting should a studio pick the series up. Still, it’s always fun to throw around names.
Remember: this is just for fun. Others may have different thoughts, and by all means, add your thoughts to the comments section.
As Jaclyn: Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Eckstein, or an unknown up-and-comer
Wlad Klitschko’s wife and the voice of Ashoka Tano in Star Wars Clone Wars could fit the bill: both are relatively young and around Jaclyn’s age when she first appears in Model Agent. And both are blondes, so that works. I’ve always said I would want Panettiere as the lead, but Eckstein has the same qualities. A toss-up.
Of course, we may want to go with an unknown actress that audiences can grow to love instead of banking on automatic star power.
As Alex Dupuis: Geena Davis, Tea Leoni, or Jennifer Aniston
Alex’s character has to be not only tough, but a veteran actress who would command instant respect of not only the rest of the cast, but the audience, as well. Alex’s character resides between the ages of all three, and either could portray the no-nonsense director.
As Sarah Kendall: Kim Basinger
Vicki Vale is indeed presidential in my opinion, and Basinger has the ability to play a--spoiler alert--one-off character.
As Tom Messingham: Daniel Radcliffe or Matthew Lewis
For Jaclyn’s British boy toy, we would need an actor with dark hair, one who is recognizable, and one who can be the strength and comfort she needs in private without truly needing the spotlight; remember, Harry Potter never wanted it, and Neville Longbottom didn’t seem to mind the background.
And if you think I mentioned that stuff for the Google hits, well, you know me too well.
As Melanie Ruoff: Sarah Michelle Gellar or Jessica Alba
We would need an actress in her late 30s/early 40s or thereabouts to portray the White House Chief of Staff. Gellar or Alba are right there.
As Eric Forrister: Unknown
I’ve never really given consideration as to who would play President Forrister before now, but he has to have that icy stare down for when he looks out over the South Lawn.
As Parkerhurst: Also unknown
I’ve always thought of Parkerhurst being a John Cleese-type of character, but I would have to think we need someone much younger, in the area of Jaclyn’s age or maybe a little older, in order to portray the CIA quartermaster.
As Salt: Also unknown
Another good question! We would need someone in his early 20s to portray the computer whiz.
What do you think? Do you think that’s an agreeable cast?