2012 is over, and currently we’re in a news lull, which is fine– ’cause seemingly everyone is on vacation, or on a mind vacation. But, you know what happens the first week of January usually? Everyone starts going to the gym, eating more veggies, and shooting for the proverbial stars. New Years Resolutions are a fad, and they fade– unless you’re a seriously dedicated person, or obsessive to a fault. For me though, I didn’t make any, ’cause I’m perfect, yo! Okay, I mentioned shooting for the stars twice already, three times if you count just now, but that’s what’s going to be happening come next November, and on until 2015. The stars though, the ones I really mean, are the ones we don’t know yet will fulfill the roles that will take our beloved series to its finale. Yep, fan-casting post! Seriously, you had to have seen that coming.
I’ve fan-cast every prominent character, Johanna, Boggs (still not done with that one, mind), Chaff, Finnick, and in my head I’ve even cast several different actors as Darius, but I think that role’s gone the way of Madge (don’t fret, fretting gets you nothing, not even free popcorn). There’s one character/ role I haven’t touched though, maybe because it’s just too big, too impacting, and too much of a trouble-spot, ’cause many people already have someone in mind (wait, it’s that way with EVERY bloody character!) This seemingly untouched-by-the-likes-of-me character is President Alma Coin. Yeah, she’s a biggie, and seriously– if Danny (Strong), works his seemingly perfect magic on the screenplays for Mockingjay I and II, President Coin is a role that could get a lady an Oscar, y’know– if the odds are ever in her favor (had to). Taking the cue from the rest of the supporting cast already established, i.e. the ones who aren’t dead by the end of The Hunger Games, and well um, Philip Seymour Hoffman– the rank of the actresses who will want this role are hopefully going to already be past prestigious award nominees/ winners.
Let’s get this out-of-the-way, please don’t suggest Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren, Judi Dench, Dianne Wiest, Blythe Danner, Julie Walters, Kathy Bates, Penelope Wilton, Vanessa Redgrave, Candice Bergen, Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, and I really really hate saying these ladies but– Sigourney Weaver, Sissy Spacek, and Susan Sarandon. They’re cut off for one reason and one reason only, they’re all over 60 years old, and Alma Coin is said to be about 50. These age differences may not seem like that big a deal, but trust me 50 and 60 + look very different, and if you ask a woman over 60 if she feels and looks different than she did when she was 50, you might get slapped, which means… yes she does.
Here’s the deal, or not deal– have you seen the stock of actresses who are in their mid 40s and into their early 50s?! ‘Cause they are freakin’ amazing! I’ve spent the last day looking over all the eligible ladies, i.e. actresses aged 44 – 53 or so, and I’m floored by the amount of talent that’s out there ready to rip their teeth into a role like Alma Coin. Starting with my ultimate choice, because she’s awesome— Tilda Swinton. Tilda is 52, and she’ll be 53 next November– she’s probably best known as the White Witch from the Narnia series, but I assure you she’s done a lot more than scare the Pevensie children. I first saw her in Orlando, where she played the title role. Orlando wasn’t your everyday role though, nope– ’cause Orlando in a way time traveled, and in no uncertain terms changed sexes, which means Ms. Swinton is what we like to call versatile. After Orlando, her next internationally recognized role was probably in The Beach with Leonardo DiCaprio. She played Sal, the leader of the misfit group who have taken up residence on the utopian seeming island that houses the beach. She was formidable in this role, which is something she seems to exhibit in most of her roles. What I loved her in though was the small independent film Young Adam. It starred Ewan McGregor and Emily Mortimer, who is known best now for her role on HBOs The Newsroom. Young Adam is based on a novel written in the late 1950s of the same name, and to me the film adaptation is one of the best I’ve seen where it comes to book to film adaptations. Tilda played an unhappy woman, a housewife, bitter, disappointed with her lot– and then Ewan McGregor’s character walks into her life, and there’s finally some excitement happening in her world, also decent sex, actually more than decent. Tilda also has one card in her back pocket that most other actresses that could be considered do not, she’s worked with Frances Lawrence before (Constantine). Also, rest assured she’s wholly capable of adopting a North American accent, see Michael Clayton.
I have to say this as well, I don’t know where, or why, or how, but I’ve seen numerous people wanting to adhere to the idea that Alma Coin is not an attractive person, so I’m sure my suggesting someone as strikingly beautiful as Tilda Swinton might seem alien. To me though, I think a character like Coin should be deceiving on more than just a cerebral level, I think she needs to look good. I don’t know what kind of good, but not Wicked Witch of the West– that’s for sure.
One down, about 30 more ladies to go! I’m not even kidding.
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