The Vampire Dancer Slayer: Family Casting Choices

The Vampire Dancer Saga FrontI asked my family members who they would choose to portray them if The Vampire Dancer Saga script ever makes it to the small screen on TV or big screen as a movie.

Their choices were really SPOT ON!

My brother suggested Laurence Fishburn, and I had not thought about that before, but they do look just alike!  But since Chapter 10: Dances with Wolves takes place in the 1990s, I convinced my brother to let him play our father instead.

My sister made 3 suggestions: Gabrielle Union, Nia Long and Jill Marie Jones,Bianca Lawson again she was spot on, because they all do favor her.  But I picked the youngest of the 3, Jill Marie Jones as the actress who would look most like her in Chapter 10: Dances With Wolves, the 1990s.

My brother also suggested Idris Alba to play the character Lance, which was spot on and Tasha Smith for Aunt Stine, which is unreal because Tasha does play a sort of “tough” character in many of her TV and film roles, which is similar our aunt.  Aunt Stine does not play, she will “cut you with a knife” or throw a shoe at you when you are wrong!

Here are the rest of the casting recommendations, I hope my family approves!

The actor/actress pictures are listed in the same order as Actor/Actress Recommended on this list below.  For example, Bianca Lawson (photo on right) is the 1st actress on the list.

Character Name Actor/Actress Recommended                                      
Alyce “Baker” Braden (Big Daddy’s daughter) Bianca Lawson
Aunt Ethel (Leana’s Great Aunt) Jenifer Lewis
Big Daddy Baker Malik Yoba
Brenna (Dolf Jr’s wife) Niecy Nash
Dolf Jr. (Leana’s son) Terrence Howard
Dolf Sr. (Leana’s husband) Laurence Fishburn
Dot (Nook’s wife) Lisa Raye McCoy
Dragon Ball Booga (ShawnTay’s son) Gunnar Washington
Fatiene (Leana’s sister) Kim Fields
Gia (Leana’s daughter) Tisha Campbell
Granny Smith (Big Daddy’s fictional mother) Loretta Devine
Jac’ichi (Dolf Sr’s dad) Reggie Lee
Jet (Fatiene’s son) Wesley Johnson
Kandy (Leana’s daughter) Jill Marie Jones
Kief (Stine’s son) Donald Faison
Lance (Leana’s son) Idris Elba
Leana (Dolf Sr’s wife) Angela Bassett
Louella (Dolf Sr’s mistress)
Mare (Lance’s girlfriend)
Adina Porter
Tanika Ray
MeanKeen (Tam’s ex-husband) Thomas Mikal Ford
Nikka (Fatiene’s daughter) Elise Neal
Popcorn (ShawnTay’s friend) Jenna von Oy
Regent (Leana’s son) Allen Payne
ShawnTay (Sherry’s daughter) Raven Symoné
Sherry (Leana’s daughter) Monique Coleman
Stine (Leana’s sister) Tasha Smith
Tam (Leana’s daughter)
Tangina (Sherry’s friend)
Natalie Desselle-Reid
Nadine Ellis
TayLynn (Tam’s daughter) Keshia Night-Pulliam
Tuppers (ShawnTay’s daughter)
Uncle Nat (Big Daddy’s son)
Willow Smith
Kent Faulcon
Uncle Nook (Dolf Sr’s brother) Christopher B Duncan
Uncle Sunny (Dolf Sr’s brother) Maurice Hines
Viva (Dolf Sr’s mom) Persia White
VuDaje (ShawnTay’s daughter) China Ann McClain

Jenifer3Malik Yoba3Neicy Nash

Jenifer Lewis, Malik Yoba, Neicy Nash

Terrence HowardLawrence Fishburne3Lisa Raye McCoy

Terrence Howard, Laurence Fishburn, Lisa Raye McCoy

Gunnar WashingtonKim FieldsTisha Campbell2Loretta Devine1

Gunnar Washington, Kim Fields, Tisha Campbell, Loretta Devine

Reggie LeeWesley JohnsonJill Marie Jones

Reggie Lee, Wesley Johnson, Jill Marie Jones

Donald FaisonIdris ElbaAngela Bassett

Donald Faison, Idris Elba, Angela Bassett

Adina PorterThomas Mikal FordElise Neal

Adina Porter, Thomas Mikal Ford, Elise Neal

Jenna von OyeAllen PayneRaven Symon

Jenna von Oy, Allen Payne, Raven Symoné

Monique ColemanTasha SmithNatalie Desselle-Reid

Monique Coleman, Tasha Smith, Natalie Desselle-Reid

Keshia Night-PulliamWillow SmithChristopher B Duncan

Keshia Night-Pulliam, Willow Smith, Christopher B. Duncan

Maurice HinesPersia WhiteChina Ann McClain

Maurice Hinds, Persia White, China Ann McClain

tanika raynadine ellisKent Faulcon

Tanika Ray, Nadine Ellie, Kent Faulcon

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bianca_Lawson
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jennifer_Lewis
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malik_Yoba
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niecy_Nash
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terrence_Howard
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurence_Fishburne
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LisaRaye_McCoy
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunnar_Washington
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Fields
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tisha_Campbell
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loretta_Devine
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reggie_Lee_%28actor%29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wesley_Jonathan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jill_Marie_Jones
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Faison
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idris_Elba
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angela_Bassett
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adina_Porter
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanika_Ray
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Mikal_Ford
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elise_Neal
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jenna_von_O%C3%BF
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allen_Payne
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raven-Symon%C3%A9
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monique_Coleman
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tasha_Smith
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natalie_Desselle-Reid
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0255001/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keshia_Knight_Pulliam
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willow_Smith
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kent_Faulcon
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_B._Duncan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maurice_Hines
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persia_White
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China_Anne_McClain
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Acres
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Beverly_Hillbillies
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_munsters
https://learnbellydancewithshalimarali.com/2012/06/10/the-vampire-dancer-saga-part-3-le-hot-jazz-dancer-61012/
https://learnbellydancewithshalimarali.com/2012/06/16/the-vampire-dancer-saga-part-4-dancing-with-flair-at-the-fair-61512/
https://learnbellydancewithshalimarali.com/2012/06/25/the-vampire-dancer-saga-part-5-dance-showdown-in-st-louis-62512/
https://learnbellydancewithshalimarali.com/2012/06/21/the-vampire-dancer-saga-part-6-dancing-back-and-forth-to-the-future-62112/
https://learnbellydancewithshalimarali.com/2012/06/19/the-vampire-dancer-saga-part-7-why-did-martin-john-and-bobby-stop-dancing-61912/
https://learnbellydancewithshalimarali.com/2012/06/18/the-vampire-dancer-saga-part-8-ding-dong-discos-dead-61812/
https://learnbellydancewithshalimarali.com/2012/06/24/the-vampire-dancer-saga-part-9-miss-vampire-america-dances-to-win-the-crown-62412/
https://learnbellydancewithshalimarali.com/2012/06/17/the-vampire-dancer-saga-part-10-dancing-with-wolves-61712/
Alternates:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabrielle_Union
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nia_Long
As young Kandy:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camille_Winbush

POST UPDATED 9/3/12:  I forgot 3 characters.   They are now on the list.  Some quick thoughts on Chapter 7: Why did Martin, John and Bobby stop dancing, the 1960s.  This chapter reminds me of my favorite 1960s TV shows, like Green Acres.  I could totally see a 1960s MASHUP of different shows like The Munsters, The Beverly Hillbillies in this Episode.   Aunt “Dot” was nowhere similar to Lisa Douglas (played by Eva Gabor), nor was Uncle “Nook” similar to Oliver Douglas (played by Eddie Albert).  The real Uncle “Nook” was an auto mechanic and my real Aunt “Dot” is more down-to-earth.  She has the best Macaroni & Cheese in the world!  We really did live down the street from them on in the 1960s.  But my real Aunt “Ethel” was really like the real “Granny Clampett” cooking pigeons and other Southern food classics.  The Vampire Dancer Saga, Part 1, did not credit my Uncle Johnny (Fatiene’s husband), who really did teach the real Lance about singing, not Uncle Nat, but that will be explored in Part 2 of The Vampire Dancer Saga!

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