The Belgariad and the Malloreon: The Dream Cast

Last month her Ladyship attempted to cast The Moonstone; this month she’ll be following a tribute to David and Leigh Eddings with some imagine-casting of The Belgariad and The Malloreon. Though it was the wish of David and Leigh that their work never be adapted, many fans find it hard to resist fooling around like this at least once. Her Ladyship sets herself the additional challenge of having only one sentence in which to defend each proposed cast member.


Thomas Brodie-Sangster.


If the producers want to avoid jolting the audience around with multiple actors playing Garion at the different stages of his life, Brodie-Sangster is the actor they should pick: he’s capable of being sweepingly charismatic, adorable and everything in between, which should be of considerable help both with portraying Garion’s destiny and his eminently practical personality.

Asa Butterfield.


He’s been taking on simultaneously complex and movingly simplistic roles since he was nine, from The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas to Hugo, making this already-eminent soon-to-be former child actor a formidable potential Garion.


Gary Oldman.


Yes, he really is that old now: Oldman’s done a lifetime of powerful flamboyance and weirdness mixed up with career-defining and moving performances in Immortal Beloved and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, which, together with his expressive face and quietly dominant presence, would have no trouble in showing us how Belgarath effortlessly commands simply by slumping down a flight of stairs.

Rupert Graves.


Having played every mood from hyperactive in A Room with a View to paranoid schizophrenic in Law and Order: UK, the naturally charismatic Graves would easily capture Belgarath’s wit, cheek and sarcasm as well as his power, wisdom and grief.


Eva Green.


Apart from being almost supernaturally beautiful, her allure and acting style are both very mature and very youthful, two contradictions that embody Polgara’s condition as an immortal.

Emilia Fox.


A brilliant and endearingly lovely actress, her work on Silent Witness was highly psychological (indispensable when playing an immortal character) and she has experience playing a mother figure thanks to her work on Merlin.

Lara Pulver.


One of the most effortlessly photogenic and inexplicably alluring actresses out there, she’s brilliantly played a dominatrix concealing sentimental tendencies in Sherlock and a single mother juggling parenthood with MI5 in Spooks; both of these representing aspects of Polgara’s personality.


Kevin McKidd.


While he perfectly embodies Durnik’s ‘look’ as an unexceptional, ordinary person, McKidd is also blessed with great acting skills, subtlety and a vivid mastery of facial expression that could only succeed in bringing to life Durnik’s journey.


John Rhys Davies.


Through his work on The Lord of the Rings and the Indiana Jones movies, we know that he can play tough and battle-hardened extremely well, together with the surprising gentleness and sentimentality that crops up in Barak’s character – suits Barak’s look, but might be too old.


Emun Elliott.


A relatively unknown actor gifted with charisma that makes the corners of your mouth turn up, his work on The Paradise and his brief appearance on Game of Thrones have shown us that he can do flamboyant sarcasm as well as profound grief: too good-looking for the part, but that can easily be rectified.


Rupert Friend.


His work on Chéri has proved that he’s capable of doing cruel, his work on The Young Victoria that he can also act the lover: these would both be indispensable in Hettar’s bloodlust for Murgos and relationship (or whatever it was before they got married) with Adara.


Georgie Henley.


The Narnia films and her striking cameo in Jane Eyre have proved to us that this is a dazzling, expressive actress who acts straight from the soul; the fact that we haven’t seen her since either of these productions may have blinded us to the fact that she is now a gorgeous young woman who could play Ce’Nedra in her sleep.

Lucy Boynton.


Her delightful and funny performance as feisty tomboy Margaret Dashwood in 2008’s Sense and Sensibility, together with her elven features, suggest that she’d be able to portray both Ce’Nedra’s charm and her many annoyances.


Toby Jones.

010CRE-Toby-Jones-001In addition to having the right look and the approximate right height, Creation and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy reveal Jones’ skills at playing intensely angry and crotchety, Titanic (2012) his ability to be heartbreakingly human: perfect!


Rupert Penry-Jones.


Despite being a great actor, Penry-Jones has a kind of natural gravity about him no matter which role he plays: the former would lend weight to Mandorallen’s exasperating chivalric philosophy, the latter would be useful when the greater subtleties of the character begin to be exposed.


Lee Williams.


Something tells me Williams would do well as an enthusiastic young idiot, and the moving expressiveness of his performance in The Forsyte Saga means that he could easily cream the awful moment when Lelldorin loses his cousin Torasin in battle.


Adrien Brody.


An actor of astounding versatility, it’s mainly Brody’s role in The Brother’s Bloom that made me imagine him as Relg: sullen, melancholy and with huge eyes, you can easily imagine him crapping on about sin and portraying Relg’s (slow) psychological transformation once he meets Taiba.


Timothy Spall.


Spall has spent a lifetime playing slightly odd, eccentric characters that are also human beings: this makes him perfect for Sadi’s transformation from perpetually-high and powdered eunuch to clear-minded joker and master poisoner.


Nathaniel Parker.


We’ve seen from Merlin that Parker, who suits the physical description of Zakath almost perfectly, is more than capable of playing ruthless, bloody and frightening; we’ve also seen from Stardust that he’s equally good at playing soft-hearted and vulnerable, and packing a big emotional punch in a short space of time.


Adelaide Clemens.


A brilliant young actress starting to come into her own after Parade’s End, Clemens is excellent at being sweet and innocent, but also at taking no shit, something that comes in handy for Cyradis on many occasions, however polite she may be.


Karen Gillan.


In Doctor Who, Gillan is endlessly entertaining at being charming, cheeky and sexy, which should provide hours of fun in her many exchanges with Silk and her fewer, though equally naughty ones with Zakath.


Fanny Ardant.

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While not as young-looking as the Salmissra of the books, Madame Ardant is brilliant at playing the sultry temptress: I also think Garion being tempted by a sexy older woman would be very refreshing.


10 Comments Add yours

  1. Lelldorin should have bright red hair? And silk needs to be vaguely ugly as well but awesome casting!

    1. ladygilraen says:

      Why thank you! These things can always be changed (wigs, prosthetics), so I concentrated most of my attention on acting and looks when it seemed appropriate.

      1. In that case your choice of Barack is pretty much spot on.

  2. Another for Silk could possibly be Stuart Townsend. He was Dorian Grey in the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and it works so well.
    And Belgarath in my head has always had the voice of Sean Connery whenever I read the books (even though he’s retired).

    1. ladygilraen says:

      I do like the idea of Stuart Townsend! Not sure about Mister Connery, though: I always pictured Belgarath with a more snappy kind of voice.

  3. Paula Tate says:

    Belgarath should be Sean Connery or Patrick Stuart. Caste Blanchette as Cyradis, Angelina Jolie as Polgara, Jennifer Lawrence as Ce’Nedra, Lee Pace as Silk.

  4. cagatay says:

    I think Adrien Brody will be better in Silk role.

  5. Rhonda says:

    Adrian Brody is my pick for Silk. I know it’s a little obvious, but my Polgara would be Angelina Jolie with Martin Shaw as Belgarath

  6. Ana says:

    I love your ideas of Toby Jones for Beldin, Emun Elliot for Silk and Nathaniel Parker for Zakath! However, I’m not sure about your Polgaras she is sexier than the actresses you’ve chosen. Also, I think that John Rhys Davies is too old for Barak. Some of the other actors you’ve chosen are too old for the parts you think they’d be good at also. I think Karen Gillan is spot-on perfect for Liselle. What about Monica Belluci for Polgara? Or Harrison Ford for Belgarath? I’m open to any criticism, I suppose we all picture things differently and its imagination that makes reading fun so I’d love to know if you think my ideas are bad and why. All in all Lady Gilraen, great casting!

  7. Carly Strong says:

    My husband and I discuss dream casts all the time. One of the main ones we debate is the Belgariad. Other ideas for members: Donnie Yen as Hettar or Cho-Hag, Dwayne Johnson as Barak, or Freddie Highmore as Garion.

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