Dream Casting is an imaginative look at the casting process of potential Hollywood projects based on comics and other media. This isn't just about what is being made; this is about what should be made, and who we think should be the stars.
It's October, which means we're going to be focusing on some spookier projects, starting with My Pretty Vampire, a recent graphic novel by Katie Skelly, published by Fantagraphics Books.
My Pretty Vampire is about a girl named Clover who's been trapped in a house for four years. When she makes her escape, it turns out that the outside world has more to fear from her than she has to fear from it. That's because Clover is a vampire. All she wants is a place to hide from the sun and somebody to eat, but she's being trailed by a detective. She's also under the watchful eye of the Order, a mysterious society of vampires who wear animal masks.
The graphic novel has a unique tone thanks to the synthesis of Skelly's distinctive cartooning with the violence and sexuality of the story she's telling. European vampire films of the 1970s are clearly a strong influence on the book, and that should be clear in a movie version too. Costumes, sets, and lighting choices should simultaneously invoke Skelly's art and the cinematic works of Jesús Franco and Jean Rollin.
Maika Monroe as Clover
Maika Monroe has given great performances in thrillers like The Guest and It Follows, but she also has a weary, almost affectless quality that's reminiscent of the actresses who played vampires in the 1970s European movies that inspired My Pretty Vampire.
Michael Cera as Marcel
Despite his history of nice guy roles, Michael Cera (Scott Pilgrim vs the World) has a unique ability to project a kind of inner sliminess. Marcel, the brother who holds Clover captive, is as slimy as they come.
Kate Dickie as Elsa
Elsa has very little to do, but the mere presence of Kate Dickie (Game of Thrones) will bring atmosphere to her surroundings.
John Hawkes as John
John is the grizzled ex-cop who Marcel hires to track down Clover. Nobody does grizzled better than John Hawkes (Winter's Bone).
Dave Franco as David
Put him in glasses and a sweater and Dave Franco (The Disaster Artist) is totally the guy you'd follow to a party even though you don't know him, and then you end up eating everyone there.
Sunita Mani as the girl at the party
Sunita Mani (GLOW) has a bright energy about her that would liven up any party, even if she's as disaffected as this unnamed guest at David's place.
Nicole LaLiberté as Sheila
Nicole LaLiberté (Twin Peaks: The Return) has a very 1970s sort of glamour, which will serve her well as Sheila, Clover's most notable victim.
Barbara Steele as the Leader of the Order
The character appears only in a mask and robe, so we don't even know their age or gender. But I like the idea of using this part to connect My Pretty Vampire to the classic horror movies that inspired it. Barbara Steele (Black Sunday) is perfect for that.