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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The Vampire Dancer Saga, first movie SCRIPT Sneak Peak is here! Can Julianne Hough or Cheryl Burke (Dancing with the Stars) dance as good as Eleanor Powell?

The Vampire Dancer Saga FrontI’m so proud of the script for Chapter 4, Dancing with Flair at the Fair. The scriptwriter did an awesome job of capturing the right words for this movie scene.

Again with more Movie or TV Casting choices, who do you think is POWERFUL enough to dance like my favorite dancer of all time, Eleanor Powell???

Hmmm, would it be someone young and athletic like Julianne Hough? Or someone sultry and sensuous like Cheryl Burke?

Well, actually, if this movie ever comes to pass, I would go a totally different direction and pick the protégé of one of my other all-time favorite dancers. And you know who I am talking about: DEBBIE ALLEN!Julianne Hough2

I first noticed Debbie’s daughter, VIVIAN NIXON in the 1994 Academy Awards Oscar Best Song Presentation for the Circle of Life, The Lion King. Vivian is the real daughter of of the “spoofed” dancer Triple T Debs in Chapter 1:

“Places everyone. Quiet please,” shouted host Bom Tergeron. With that, the judges, KarAnna, Blen & Runo from DWSDS and Ligel Nitchgow & Murph Mare from SYTYCV with special guest judge Triple T Debs took their places at the Judges Table.

JULIANNE HOUGH as Elly Powers: Too busy, has too much work, will probably turn it down. Shame, she could do the acrobatics and tap dancing like Eleanor Powell and make it believable.

Cheryl Burke2CHERYL BURKE as Elly Powers: Prolly under contract with ABC for Dancing with the Stars. Has not done movies yet, not sure if she would be interested if this really happens. Cheryl is the most POWERFUL female dancer on Dancing with the Stars, and would totally believable in the role

VIVIAN NIXON as Elly Powers: Vivian is extremely talented and it would be a coup to have Debbie direct Vivian to play Elly Powers in this movie. Vivian would blow the tap dance scenes away!

Uncle Sunny, is actually my real uncle. But he does not dance. Even so, it would be great to have a Tap Dancer to master Bill “Bojangles” Robinson for this role. Especially since Eleanor Powell portrayed Bill Robinson in the movie Honolulu. The best actor to play my uncle, who can tap like Bill Eleanor PowellRobinson is MAURICE HINES.

And to play the kooky fortune teller MADAME ZANDRA, I would cast none other than the delightful Kathy Najimy!  She is one of my favorite actresses of all time.  I love all of her movie and TV works.

YouTube Clip of Vivian Nixon

SCRIPT COPYRIGHT 2012 SHALIMAR ALIBill Bojangles

Setting: On a train in the 1930’s. Two women are standing in the aisle in the dining car practicing dance steps. When it becomes apparent that the younger of the two has mastered it they sit at a table in a mostly deserted dining car late at night. They are eating pie and drinking coffee.

ELLY

So your parents are Big Daddy Baker and . . .

ALYCE

Caroline Braden.

ELLY

Maurice HinesAnd you spend your free time riding the train with your uncle.

ALYCE

Just until he finishes seminary school. Then he won’t be a porter anymore.

ELLY

Riding the train sounds like a pretty adventurous existence.

ALYCE

It is. We’re going to make a stop in Chicago to see the World’s Fair.

ELLYVivian Nixon

I thought about doing that myself.

ALYCE

Oh, won’t that make you late to begin filming?

ELLY

I’ve got time. I really want to see Little Egypt.

ALYCE

VivianNixon5Me too. I hear she’s completely scandalous.

ELLY

I certainly hope so!

The two women laugh.

ELLY cont.

We should go together.VivianNixon3

ALYCE

Really?

ELLY

Yeah.

The scene fades into a montage of the two women getting off the train in Chicago in the daylight. We see them talking and laughing as they walk down the sidewalk, riding the street car and arriving at the World’s Fair. ALYCE looks all around, taking in everything. They stop to watch a fortune teller at work.

Kathy NajimyMADAME ZANDRA

You’re curious. That’s natural. Why don’t you sit down?

ELLY stops ALYCE from sitting.

ELLY

Hold on there, lady. . . . How much?

MADAME ZANDRA

Only a dollar.

ALYCEVivianNixon4

A whole dollar?!

ELLY

Didn’t anybody tell you there’s a depression going on?

MADAME ZANDRA

I’m worth every penny and more. Take it or leave it.

ALYCE looks to ELLY who shrugs.

ELLY

It’s up to you kid. It’s your dime.

VivianNixon1ALYCE considers it for a moment, then sits and hands MADAME ZANDRA a dollar from her change purse.

ALYCE

This better be good.

MADAME ZANDRA

Taking ALYCE’s palms.

You have a very special gift, a very special power . . . to be activated on your 21st birthday. I also see a great-granddaughter, 60 years from now, will also be dancing in Chicago. She will dance like the Egyptians.

ALYCE and ELLY glance at each other. ELLY rolls her eyes and ALYCE smiles.

ALYCE

Rising.

Thank you Madame Zandra, that was very . . . entertaining.

As they walk away.

Cheryl BurkeELLY

Did you buy any of that?

ALYCE

Apparently I did. And I paid a whole dollar for it.

ELLY

Come on, kid. Let’s go see the “Egyptians.” When is your 21st birthday, anyway?

ALYCE

Tomorrow.

Julianne HoughELLY imitates spooky music and they laugh as they walk off arm in arm.

ALYCE and ELLY enter the area where Little Egypt will be dancing. The place is already packed. They find seats and the show begins. During the course of the show audience members may “Oooo” and “Ahhh”. They express their shock and surprise. ALYCE and ELLY are both captivated, but for ALYCE it seems for a moment that the lights are flickering and then dimming. When they come up she is still watching the “Egyptian” dance but it is someone else entirely on the stage, someone who looks a bit like her. She hears a soft buzzing sound next to her and sees a man look into a small hand-held device. When ALYCE returns to herself, everyone is leaving and ELLY is looking at her with concern.

Eleanor Powell2ELLY

Are you okay? You look really pale.

ALYCE runs her tongue over her teeth and then opens her lips to reveal fangs.

ELLY grins.

Vampire?

ALYCE

Yes. Meet me in St. Louis.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vivian_Nixon
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debbie_Allen
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julianne_Hough
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheryl_Burke
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kathy_Najimy
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maurice_Hines
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_%22Bojangles%22_Robinson
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eleanor_Powell
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honolulu_%281939_film%29
https://learnbellydancewithshalimarali.com/2012/06/22/the-vampire-dancer-saga-part-1-dancing-makes-you-buff-62212/

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The Vampire Dancer Saga back coverAs you all know, ELEANOR POWELL is the absolute best dancer that ever lived! There is not a dancer today that can match her power, stamina and the girl power of topping the box office for dance. It would be IMPOSSIBLE to match any dancer today with Eleanor Powell. The dancers on Dancing with the Stars have it so easy because they do PARTNER DANCES. By comparison, Eleanor Powell commanded the box office with SOLO DANCING. I am a dancer and if you are a dancer you know that it is harder to SOLO than dance PARTNER. Why? A solo dancer must COMMAND that stage with stage presence and stage work. A partner can dance can actually divide the dance duties in half with team work. A lot of dancers will disagree with that statement, but then again ask yourself why, there are not that many solo dances on Dancing with the Stars or So You Think You can Dance???

Now is your time to join the Conversation! Comments, questions, concerns, controversy, rebuttals, tributes, blog suggestions, guest bloggers, etc., are all welcome!

Who would you cast as Elly Powers?
Is Julianne Hough or Cheryl Burke strong enough dancers to dance as good as Eleanor Powell?
Do you agree that Vivian Nixon is the strongest dancer to take on the role of Elly Powers in this movie script?