Sunday, September 30, 2012

Casting "FINDING LUCAS" by Samantha Stroh Bailey

“Hi, this is an extremely influential Hollywood producer. I’ve read Finding Lucas and want to make the film.”

I’ve imagined this almost implausible scenario so many times and have practiced my reaction in the very unlikely event that it occurs. But, just in case a Hollywood producer does find my novel and thinks it would make a fantastic film, I know exactly who should star in it. Of course, they may have to put on a few pounds or dye their hair, but isn’t that what all great actors do?

Here is a list of my all star cast of characters. If they’re reading this, they know where to find me!
Oh, Jamie. My shy, reserved and sarcastic heroine who doesn’t want to see how bad her relationship with Derek has gotten. She knows, everyone knows, that he’s a total ass, but never considering herself attractive or desired by other men, she’s too scared to let Derek go. Whenever I see Ginnifer Goodwin, in films like Something Borrowed and He’s Just Not That Into You, I think she captures the essence of the unique, natural and insecure girl Jamie is. Jamie is blond, but I think Ginnifer, with her curves, unassuming nature and shy demeanor fits the bill.

The “quintessential metrosexual,” Derek is a man only his mother or a trophy wife could love. He’s good-looking, self-important and utterly concerned with making it to the top. I get a little tug of lust whenever I see Bradley Cooper, but he also has that cold glint in his ice blue eyes that makes him a perfect cad.
Jamie’s best friend, lingerie store owner Hanna, is gorgeous, intimidating and full of self-doubt. Though Megan Fox is currently pregnant, I’m sure she’ll be back to Hollywood standards by the time production starts. She won’t make it in Hollywood otherwise. Her beautiful face and body and deep seated insecurities embody who Hanna is.

Lucas is the boy who got away and the man Jamie hunts down in a hilarious and desperate attempt to find someone to love her. The teenage Lucas has got to be played by Zac Efron, with his magnetic good looks and the hint of a bad boy about him. Ian Somerhalder is smoking hot, and his piercing eyes make my toes curl. Lucas needs someone extraordinary looking to play him, and Ian Somerhalder is all that.
Gentle, kind and easygoing, Jamie’s boss and new friend, Andrew, can only be played by John Krasinski. He is hot in such a relaxed and no fuss way, approachable and smart. 


I hope Emily Giffin doesn’t think I’m stealing half of her cast from Something Borrowed, but the easy friendship between Ginnifer and John would work perfectly for Finding Lucas. And if Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan can do it more than once, I figure they can, too.

If Julianne Hough can play a giggly eighteen year old, I think her blonde beauty, enviable body and sweet smile are perfect for Jamie’s little sister, Rachel.

Zany, quirky and just waiting for the universe to solve the world’s problems, Lucy and Zooey Deschanel seem made for each other. 

Now, I’ll just wait for that call.


 Can you ever really go back to the past?

On her fifth anniversary with boyfriend Derek, Jamie Ross finds herself in a Montreal hotel room wondering how the carefree guy she met in a Chicago bar has turned into “the quintessential metrosexual.” Weighed down by Derek’s disdain for her second hand wardrobe, her unusual family and her low-paying job as an associate producer of a daytime talk show, Jamie reaches a breaking point. And when her new boss plans to reunite lost loves on the show, she remembers Lucas— the boy she’d loved and lost ten years earlier. What follows is a quest that is at times hilarious and at others disastrous as Jamie’s life transforms from run of the mill to absolutely crazy. But will finding Lucas give Jamie everything she’s looking for?

Author Bio:

Samantha Stroh Bailey has been a writer ever since she could pick up a pen. In fact, she even sent her first manuscript, Freddy the Flame, to publishers when she was ten years old. Sadly, it was rejected, but a lifelong passion to write was born.

After 15 years of teaching ESL to adults, including at the University of Toronto, she decided to live her dreams of being a fulltime writer and editor. Now the owner of Perfect Pen Communications, she not only gets to write novels, but also writes and edits for magazines, websites, businesses, students and other writers.
Her work has appeared in Now Magazine, The Village Post, Oxford University Press, Abilities Magazine, on and many other publications. Samantha also has a Master of Education in Applied Linguistics. 

She lives in Toronto with her husband and two children. Finding Lucas is her first novel.

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Twitter: @perfectpen

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  1. Love it! I have Zooey cast as Stephanie from Just Friends with Benefits and I think she and Jamie as played by Ginnifer would make fast friends :)

  2. I can totally see Zooey as Stephanie, Meredith! This was such a fun post to write! Thanks so much, Michelle.