Casting the Movie – “Bits of Broken Glass”

I’m a guest on the lovely Courtney Giardina’s blog today, casting the movie version of BITS OF BROKEN GLASS. Now all I need is Joe Traversa to direct!

Here’s the post:


Good morning everyone! We are continuing with our run “The Perfect Cast” blogs as I can’t get enough of them!
Martha Reynolds is stopping by today with her picks for her book Bits of Broken Glass and I have to admit, I am loving her picks for this one! Take it away Martha!
My third novel is out and it’s a departure from my first two, Chocolate for Breakfast and its sequel, Chocolate Fondue. While there’s still one more in the chocolate series to be completed (before year-end, fingers crossed), this novel is, on its surface, about a 25-year high school reunion, but is really about a lot more than that.

How much really changes in 25 years?  Former classmates are poised to find out as their first-ever high school reunion gets closer. Some lives have improved, some have soured, but all remained connected by their shared West Alton High past…

Once the target of ridicule, one-time “ugly duckling” Kellie has transformed in both beauty and attitude, though her fears and fragility remain as deep scars within. Will facing those who once wronged her help or do even more damage to her delicate psyche? Joe was adored by everyone in school. Well…almost everyone. Being gay in a close-minded small town, he knew he had no future in West Alton, so right after graduation, he traded one ocean for another. Now an Oscar-winning Hollywood director, Joe is ready to return. Except that it means having to face the horrific event that ultimately pushed him away… Former cheerleader Cherry planned this reunion to make peace with those she may have wronged in school. But as she faces cancer and stares down her own mortality, will she really be able to make things right again? And then there’s Scott, the West Alton “lifer,” who’s been collecting a disability pension from the town for a suspicious back injury, among other questionable life choices. Are his reasons for wanting to attend the reunion pure? Or does he have another agenda? As the months count down, long-kept secrets will be revealed as the question ever looms… Can you ever really go home again?

So I’m thinking about casting Bits of Broken Glass. Folks who graduated from high school in 1988 would be about 43 years old now, so I kept that in mind when I developed my dream cast. Here it is:


 Minnie Driver is my choice for Kellie. She’s got a great look, can handle the dramatic elements in the story, and she does a very believable American accent. I’ve loved her ever since she played Bernadette “Benny” Hogan in “Circle of Friends,” based on the novel by Maeve Binchy.


 Ewan McGregor as Joe. At first, I wanted Leonardo DiCaprio, because he’s so…Leo, but he’d steal the spotlight away from everyone else, and this story is as much about Kellie as it is about Joe. Ewan McGregor has the look (easy on the eyes), and he’s be a great Joe Traversa.


Rachel Weisz as Cherry. She’s perfect as the former cheerleader, the beauty whose terminal illness has transformed her appearance.


 Vince Vaughn as Scott. Believe me, this is a perfect choice! In fact, when I was writing about bad boy Scott, I would visualize Vince Vaughn. I’m sure he’s a really a nice guy, but not for this movie!

Supporting roles:


 Julie Delpy as Suzanne. As best friend to Kellie, and to Joe, Suzanne plays a vital role in the story.


Octavia Spencer as Camille. I hesitate to choose her, because she might be too famous for this small role, but Ms. Spencer could turn any role into something special, and I think she’d shine as Kellie’s self-conscious, big-hearted co-worker.

Now you’ll have to go read the book to see if you agree!! …Go on now, Bits of Broken Glass is available at Amazon! What are you waiting for

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