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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Casting Call: Which actors would you cast to play the alternate Marilyn Monroe, Grandpa Munster, Vanessa L. Williams and DWTS (Carrie Ann, Bruno) in the Movie Version of The Vampire Dancer Saga?

The Vampire Dancer Saga back coverI’m back with more DREAM CASTING WISHES for my newly published book, The Vampire Dancer Saga!

Chapters 1 and 7 mention a family that sounds suspiciously like our favorite TV family of creatures, but this family lives in the “Mockingbird” Estates:

Le Monsters (New Orleans, LA)
Grandpa Jacob (Vampire)
Edward (Werewolf)
Hermes (Frankenstein)
Lila (Bride of Frankenstein and Witch)
Marla (Marilyn Monroe from the Alternate Universe, Glamour Dancer)Grandpa Al Lewis1

The Grandpa Jacob character in my book is dating my Aunt Ethel. His family of kooky “monsters” come over and dance with my family. My dream actor to play Grandpa Jacob would be TOY CAMDEN!

I TWEETED TOY recently and was so please to get a Reply & RETWEET back:

Shalimar Ali @Shalimaral
@Camden_Toy You’re BRILLIANT beyond the makeup I would love to have you play Grandpa Jacob aka Grandpa in The Munsters wp.me/p20aoF-lU
Camden Toy @Camden_Toy
@Shalimaral Thank you for your kind words. I would love to

Toy Camden2I LOVE Toy Camden! He is one of my favorite actors on Buffy the Vampire Slayer! I love how his characters like Gnarl and The Gentleman are not just an actor in makeup; but he becomes that character!

For my Aunt Ethel, I would love to have the very funny and talented JENIFER LEWIS play her. I love every character that Jenifer has played in every TV Show or Movie. She always STEALS THE SHOW! When I know that she is going to be in a TV show or movie, her character is the one that I wait to see, even if she is not the main character. It would be a hoot to see her play my kooky auntie who reminds me so much of Granny Clamplett.

Jenifer1

So many actresses have played MARILYN MONROE! But one actress sticks out to play her from the Alternate Universe because of the resemblance, but also because she could make Marilyn appeal to a whole new generation of Hip Hop. This actress also likes to Rap. She is BRITT ROBERTSON from The Secret Circle and Swingtown!

Gia told Vanilla that she had another prediction that one day Eckels will end up with her man Foxy Ricky.

Chapter 9 is a spoof; but also a tribute to one of my favorite singers and actresses of all time: VANESSA WILLIAMS. This might be too much of a dream, but KATERINA GRAHAM would be perfect to cast for this character. She’s working on The Vampire Diaries and is probably too busy, but hey – it never hurts to dream, right?  Also, did you catch the part about Britt Robertson1Rick Fox and Eliza Dushku hooking up in this chapter?

Marilyn Monroe

A few years back, ABC had Dance Wars featuring Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. I really liked that show because it made the judges put their money where their mouth is. It may seem easy to sit in a chair and judge other dancers. But can that same judge really dance? Are they qualified to judge other dancers? Dance Wars answered that question with a big YES. Both Carrie Ann and Bruno are very talented. I have a spoof of them in Chapter 11 of my book:

They rehearsed the Foxtrot, their 1st dance of the Season. They got a score of 23 during the Live show, which really insulted Sherry. She thought they could do much better. So she planned to Glamour the judges, KarAnna, Blen and Runo. Gia predicted Vanessa2they would get a 23 and 24 in the following weeks, so Sherry made sure to Glamour the Judges into giving her 10-10-10 instead.

My dream actress for KarAnna is DICHEN LACHMAN. And my dream actor to play Runo is ENVER GJOKAJ. Both were in the brilliant show Dollhouse. Again with the love of all things Joss Wheden! But it would be so cool to see them reunited, this time as bickering judges.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrie_Ann_Inaba
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dichen_Lachman
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruno_Tonioli
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enver_Gjokaj
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanessa_L._Williams
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katerina_GrahamKatarina1
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marilyn_Monroe
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Britt_Robertson
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Lewis_%28actor%29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camden_Toy
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jenifer_Lewis
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dollhouse_%28TV_series%29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dance_War:_Bruno_vs._Carrie_Ann
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rick_Fox
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eliza_Dushku
https://learnbellydancewithshalimarali.com/2012/06/22/the-vampire-dancer-saga-part-1-dancing-makes-you-buff-62212/
https://learnbellydancewithshalimarali.com/2012/06/19/the-vampire-dancer-saga-part-7-why-did-martin-john-and-bobby-stop-dancing-61912/
https://learnbellydancewithshalimarali.com/2012/06/24/the-vampire-dancer-saga-part-9-miss-vampire-america-dances-to-win-the-crown-62412/Carrie Ann
https://learnbellydancewithshalimarali.com/2012/06/20/the-vampire-dancer-saga-part-11-dancing-with-some-dead-stars-62012/

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BrunoEnver Gjokaj

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The Vampire Dancer Saga