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Casting Call for City of Last Chances


A return, after some time, to my occasional practice of spoof-casting a book with actors who seem to fit the roles. Most of the time I don’t have real people in mind at all, when I’m writing. Very occasionally someone does intrude – in this case Capaldi was irresistible as Ivarn from the get go, and impossible to shake. Other roles were profoundly hard to find a good fit for. Also, you can absolutely see what I’ve been watching recently from some of the picks.

Here we go, though, the absolutely made-up and spurious casting call for City of Last Chances.

Shoreh Aghdashloo as Langrice, the Innkeeper

Elliot Page as Yasnic, the Priest

Stellan Skarsgård as Blackmane,

the Pawnbroker

Zendaya as Lemya, the Student

Diego Luna as Ruslav, the Thug

Claudia Black as Carelia and

Evene, the Revolutionaries

Ben Mendelsohn as Hegelsy, the Inquisitor

Peter Capaldi as Ivarn, the Academic

Tom Hopper as Hellgram, the Soldier

Rory McCann as Culvern, the Governor

Dev Patel as Shantrov, the Artist

Dominic Monaghan as Fleance, the Thief

Nimra Bucha as Vidsya, the Aristocrat

Andy Serkis as Orvechin, the Foreman

David Strathairn as God

Denise Gough as Aullaime, the Conjurer

Vivienne Acheampong as Nihilostes, the Cultist

Toby Jones as Dostritsyn

(All photos are from the IMDB pages of the relevant actors – specific credits where given:

Shohreh Aghdashloo – WENN rights Ltd; Zendaya – HBO 2019; Diego Luna – Jeff Vespa,; Peter Capaldi – Dave Hogan, Getty Images; Tom Hopper – IMAGO/MediaPunch; Dev Patel – Long Way Home Productions; Dominic Monaghan – Steve Granitz,; Nimra Bucha – Bina Khan; Andy Serkis – Imaginarium; Toby Jones – Lester Cohen,

Just for reference, here are the past casting calls I’ve done on my old website…

Empire in Black and Gold

Shadows of the Apt 2-4

Shadows of the Apt 5-10

Guns of the Dawn

The Tiger and the Wolf

Children of Time

Redemption’s Blade

Shards of Earth

Casting call for City of Last Chances by Adrian Tchaikovsky

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