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
As young Kandy:

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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The Vampire Dancer Saga, 2nd SCRIPT Sneak Peak is here: Chapter 3, Le Hot Jazz Dancer, the 1920s! Would Keenan Ivory Wayans, Mel Brooks or Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer make a better director?

The Vampire Dancer Saga FrontHello fellow Vampire Dancer Saga devotees. I’m back, trying to energize a fan base and get a Movie or TV show made from my book. Please skip to the end to read the script for Chapter 3, Le Hot Jazz Dancer, the 1920s:


You may have read the The Vampire Dancer Saga book or blog and noticed that some of the character names are similar to a TV show or Famous person?

That is correct, the TVDS is based on my real family members and it spoofs/tributes some of my favorite TV shows and dancers.

For example: Which TV show might have characters with similar names?
The Braden Hunchbacks
Mitchell Braden Caroline Braden
Greggy Marsha
Pete Jane
Bob Cynthia
Maid Alyce

Sabra JohnsonAlso, some of our favorite dancers visit TVDS via their Alternate Universe to share dances from their era.

Which famous dancer is known for the Charleston back in the 1920s and also danced with her top off? The name is similar to PHINA. I would love to cast SABRA JOHNSON as either Phina Brown or Triple T Debs in this movie.

My grandfather was the patriarch of our family. He kept all the kids in line, or you might get a whooping. And trust me, you better be on your best behavior to avoid that whooping. I love MALIK YOBA from Alphas. He would be great to play my grandfather because he can have that stern, better behave look.

Malik YobaBig Daddy Baker aka my Granddad is having an affair with Caroline Braden in TVDS. Caroline has a background in dance, so to cast her, I would select CHRISTINA APPLEGATE! I love Christina in Married with Children and she has also performed in Sweet Charity on Broadway. It’s also nice when Christina is a guest judge on So You Think You Can Dance.

For the Granny Smith character, I would LOVE to have the very talented LORETTA DEVINE! I love her on every TV show and movie, especially on Supernatural, The PJs, Eli Stone, State of Georgia and many more!

You might be thinking that it is awfully ambitious to think my book, The Vampire Dancer Saga, can be turned into a Movie or TV show. Even though this seems like a big dream, the reality is that EVERY TV show or Movie Christina Applegate1started out one day as an idea. That idea grew as it got linked to a movie studio, director, producer, writer and actors. Right now, this is just a small dream, but it never hurts to dream and who knows, this dream just might become a reality one day.

I mentioned several potential directors for this book-to-movie idea in Chapter 9. Can you guess the real names of these directors?
Okra Belfry, Terry Pliers, Triple T Debs, Margo Derek, Dulla Plaudool, Pinky Jade, Mob RaShell, Laz Burman

To that list I would add 3 more directors who have already done movies that are similar to the spoofs in The Vampire Dancer Saga:
Keenan Ivory Wayans
Mel Brooks
Jason Friedberg/Aaron Seltzer

Loretta DevineEveryone knows KEENAN IVORY WAYANS from the fantastically funny, In Living Color, Dance Flick and Scary Movie. MEL BROOKS has made many movie spoofs such as History of the World and SpaceBalls. JASON FRIEDBERG & AARON SELTZER did Vampires Suck, Date Movie, Scary Movie, Epic Movie and Disaster Movie.

Although The Vampire Dancer Saga is basically about Dance History, World History, Movie & TV culture for the past 100 years, it could stand a good comedy laugh, right? But one thing that I would not change if this ever becomes a movie, is to not make fun or any of the dances in the movie. As a dancer, dance is sacred, and I would hate to see anyone make fun of dance. Ivory Wayans

Now is your time to Join in! Comments, complaints, criticisms and casting choices are welcome!

Who would you cast to play Big Daddy Baker, Caroline Braden, Phina Brown and Granny Smith?

Who would make a better film Director – Keenan Ivory Wayans, Mel Brooks or Jason & Aaron for The Vampire Dancer Saga?










GRANNY comes trudging out of the sharecropper’s shack calling for LEANA. Just outside of the door several children—some black children dressed in ragged and patched clothing and some white children dressed in short pants and pinafores—play in the dirt, giggling at some game until they see GRANNY. All of the children stop, frozen as she passes by.

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Junior, where Leana?


I don’t know. Last I see her, she over that way.

GRANNY is trudging in the general direction of the clump of trees JUNIOR has indicated. When she gets there, she finds LEANA kissing GREGGY.


Hey! Whatchoo doin’?! You!

Indicating GREGGY

You get outta here now. What your daddy gonna do he catch you with a little black girl? Go on!Malik Yoba2

GREGGY runs off in the direction of the big house. GRANNY turns LEANA in the direction of the shack but before they start moving she takes LEANA by the arm and begins speaking.

Girl, don’t you know no good ever come of Black folks mixin’ with Whites. Some place they string a black person up for kissing on a white.

Suddenly Mr. Braden is standing behind them holding a squirming GREGGY by his shirt collar. There is blood on GREGGY’s lip.


Christina Applegate2So that’s what he’s been up to. I knew it must be something the way he was running. And you, you little trollop—

BRADEN backhands LEANA

You should stay with your own kind!

There is fire in GRANNY’s eyes as she looks at BRADEN but she holds her tongue and watches BRADEN as he drags GREGGY away.

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INT. Shack. Day. GRANNY is going over her shelf full of jars and vials. She is looking for just the right thing. She talks to her granddaughter PHINA as she packs a small bag.


How long you stayin’?


History of the WorldMaybe a couple of weeks. The Cotton Club try outs are in a little while and I aim to get on there.


You come to see the girls then.


And Caroline. I figure she might have some pointers after dancing in the Follies.


That was a long time ago. Anyhow, she not doin’ much dancin’ right now. She too big.

PHINA Scary Movie

That’s what you’re packing up there. I was always curious about all of your potions and things. What’s this one?


That Camomile. That just for making a soothing tea. I make her drink that when the pains come on.


When’s the baby due?


I figure she prob’ly have it by the end o’ the week.

Vampires SuckGRANNY finally finds the vial she’s been looking for and lifts it from the shelf triumphantly. It has a thick dark liquid in it.


I knew I had some more a you somewhere.


What’s that?


Blood of a vampire bat.


Josephine CharlestonWhat do you use that for?


Braden family curse.




Mr. Braden see fit to lay hands on Leana. I ain’t take kindly to that.


Jason AasonWhat does it do?


The baby gonna be a vampire.


Vampire? That baby didn’t do anything to anybody.


Too late to quit now. I been dosing Mrs. Braden for weeks now. What’s done is done. And you can keep that to yourself.

PHINAMel Brooks

I’m gonna go out and see the girls. Show them some of the latest dances.


They appreciate that. They loves dancin’ and they worship the ground you walk on.

Ext. Shack. Day. Outside there is a commotion. GREGGY has come running from the big house to fetch GRANNY.


Granny, it’s time! Ma’s ready to have the baby!

Dance FlickGRANNY steps out the door to see GREGGY. She has her bag in her hand.


Alright boy. I be there. Keep your shirt on. Phina. Come on, girl, you with me.

GRANNY , PHINA and GREGGY begin walking together in the direction of the big house.

EXT. Day. Big House. Big Daddy Baker is outside weeding flower beds as GRANNY and GREGGY approach.


What you doin’ up here right now?


I’m just weedin’ these flowers like Mrs. Braden wanted.

Above them, from an open window, they hear Mrs. Braden cry out in the throws of labor. BAKER looks up nervously at the sound. GRANNY eyes him but says nothing in front of GREGGY. She takes the boy into the house.

INT. Big House. Day.GRANNY and GREGGY are in the foyer of a slightly decaying antebellum home. He leads her to a closed bedroom door.


Where the other children?


In the nursery.


Then you go stay with them.

Inside the bedroom, BRADEN paces nervously as a sweating and mewling CAROLINE/MRS BRADEN lies in bed.


You can go on now Mr. Braden. I got this under control, here.

BRADEN exits.


How often the pains coming.


About every four minutes.


Handing PHINA a jar from the bag.

Alright. Take this, make some tea and bring me some hot water. Looks like we gonna have a baby.

· * * *

· In the hallway outside the bedroom door, BRADEN is again pacing. There is a loud yell from inside and then a tiny wail.

· * * *

· Inside the bedroom GRANNY and PHINA are huddled around the baby, whispering.


That ain’t Mr. Braden’s baby.


I was afraid a this.


Afraid of what?


Big Daddy be up here all the time doing “special chores” for Mrs. Braden.


You don’t think . . .




From the bed.


What’s wrong.


Taking the baby over to her.

You know what’s wrong.


Oh, no . . .

The door swings open. BRADEN is standing in the doorway.


Can I see the baby? Is it a boy?


Covering the baby with its blanket.

Patience, now, Mr. Braden. You got a beautiful little girl.

BRADEN walks over to GRANNY and rearranges the bundle of blankets in her arms.


Why is this child so dark?!


I think I must have spent too much time in the sun. I passed on a suntan to the baby.


It’s been known to happen, Mr. Braden.


Only to fools!

BRADEN storms out. In the downstairs foyer he comes upon BAKER who has his hat in his hands.


What are you doing here?!


I come to see how Mrs. Braden and the baby doin’. Pay my respects.

BRADEN goes for the gun mounted on the wall above the fireplace. BAKER grabs the poker first and strikes him with it several times. BRADEN lies bleeding on the hearth. BAKER throws the poker down and runs upstairs.

· * * *

BAKER appears in the bedroom doorway.


What’s happened?


Mr. Braden hurt real bad. He might be dead.


We gotta get outta here.


You don’t wanna see your little girl first?

BAKER looks at her stunned for a moment and then at the baby. Slowly, he holds out his arms GRANNY hands him the baby. He looks at the tiny bundle in his arms.


She looks perfect to me.

Taking the baby to CAROLINE.

You done good. She a fine baby. As fine as I ever seen.


Where will you go?


We got family in Missouri.


I will find you.


Meet me in St. Louis.


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