Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Stormy View by Nikki Leigh - Who Should Play Me in the Movie? - Nominees

Stormy View by Nikki Leigh

Casting Contest Nominees

September 2006


She is the Stormy View Contest Winner.

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The entries are in and I have compiled the list of nominees. Now, I need to know who you think would be the best actor or actress to play each of my characters. I have gotten some interesting ideas about my characters after reading your ideas :) Below I will list each actor or actress that was nominated and I need your votes to determine the winner. You will pick the winners - not me. In the case of a tie, my furry writing helpers will choose the final winner :)

(The number listed beside an actor is the percentage of votes they received. The total votes for each character could fluctuate by 1-3%.)

Kennalyn Jones -

Young bright woman who grew up along the Cape Ann coast of Massachusetts. She attends Law School at Harvard, a dream she shared with her mother, before her death. Kennalyn met David Stevens at law school and they married. They move to Los Angeles and find jobs in a prestigious law firm. Several years later they have a daughter, they name Brittany. Life is wonderful and they plan a big celebration for their tenth anniversary. The party plans are almost complete when a police officer knocks on the Stevens’ door. He is there to tell Kennalyn that David was in an accident. The following weeks set off a chain of events that make it necessary for Kennalyn to return to her childhood home and her chauvinistic father. Can she handle the disappointments that life hands her?

Kennalyn is just under 6’ tall, thin, very pretty and friendly. She has shoulder length blonde hair and green eyes. There is an air of confidence about Kennalyn, but several things cause her to be insecure. She is a loving mother and a good friend.

Nominees -

__6%__ Faith Hill __13%__ Anne Hathaway __0%__ Claire Danes

__0%__ Angelina Jolie __13%__ Julia Roberts __13%__ Meg Ryan

__13%__ Reese Witherspoon __25%__ Kate Hudson _6%_ Teri Hatcher

__6%__ Kyra Sedgwick __6%__ Patricia Arquette __0%__ Charlize Theron

Captain Bartholomew Jones -

Kennalyn's father is the proud keeper of the Stormy View Lighthouse. For generations, his ancestors stood guard over the coastline to ensure the safety of people who traveled along the Cape Ann coast. He feels women need to stay in their place, which isn't working along side men. Can he swallow his pride and attitude to help Kennalyn through problems she never anticipated? Can he show his support?

Captain Bart is a gruff “sea dog” who is certainly rough around the edges. He treats Kennalyn very badly when she goes away to school, although it is less than an hour away. She feels that she is abandoning him and arranges for a long time family friend to clean house, cook for him and check on her father. This works out better than Kennalyn expected and Captain Bart marries Sadie. Can Sadie manage to smooth Captain Bart’s rough edges?

__19__ Peter Falk ___12___ Jack Nicholson __12__ Tom Skerritt

__19___ Michael Douglas __12___ Chris Cooper __6___ Bob Hoskins

__19___ Paul Newman

David Stevens -

He's the son of a powerful Los Angeles attorney. David had everything handed to him for years. He's used to debutantes and self centered women. Can he understand the kind of woman that Kennalyn Jones is? Will he appreciate the quiet strength that makes her a special woman? David is just over 6’ tall and has brown hair and beautiful blue eyes. He’s a successful attorney and is very much in love with Kennalyn. Or, is he? You can never talk about David without mentioning his mother… Hilda Stevens.

__6__ Tim McGraw _6__ Chuck Norris __32__ Matt Damon __6__ Jude Law

__0__ Brandon Routh _6__ Ben Affleck _25__ Matthew McConnaughy

__13__ Kevin Bacon _0__ Ewan McGregor __6___ Adam Baldwin

Hilda Stevens -

She enjoys her social standing in the community. This position is based on her husband's skill and success as an attorney. Over the years, she uses that power to form and chair committees to help the city. This gives her power in her own right. Will she use this power to help her son? Or, will she turn against Kennalyn in a time of crisis?

Hilda Stevens makes a powerful appearance in the opening pages of the book. Actually, she makes a powerful impression every time she appears in the book. She stands ram rod straight, has finely manicured and bony fingers. She is a powerful woman who will leave a definite impression on each reader.

___6___ Glenn Close __50___ Meryl Streep __6___ Sharon Stone

__25____ Faye Dunaway __6____ Jane Fonda __6___ Diana Rigg

Parmer Stevens -

He's a powerful attorney will lets his wife Hilda do whatever she wants, no matter how he feels about it. Can he find the strength to confront her, or will she continue to have her way?

__38___ Tommy Lee Jones _19___ Kevin Costner __13___ Nicholas Cage

__5___ Michael Caine __0__ Clint Eastwood _5__ Michael Douglas

__0__ Charlie Sheen ___19___ Robert Wagner __0___ Burt Reynolds

__0__ Barry Bostwick

Ebbie Montoya -

She was David Stevens' nanny as he grew up. She stays with the Stevens long after he is past the age of needing a nanny, to remain close to him. There is never a time when she doesn't support David and she loves Kennalyn as well. When Kennalyn returns to Misty Cove, Ebbie goes with her. Will she make a life on the rugged New England coast? Ebbie is a strong personality who is fiercely loyal to the people she loves. She is of Spanish decent, a short woman with wild gray hair.

__0___ Jennifer Lopez __40__ Rita Moreno __5__Rosie Perez

__15___ Belita Moreno ___40___ Diane Keaton __0__ Lois Smith

__0___ Mariska Hargitay __0__ Jenny Gago _0__ Kathy Najimy

Sadie Jones -

She marries Captain Bart. Earlier, she was close friends with Kennalyn's mother and loves the family. Can she help Bart now that his family needs him? Will her influence cause him to soften his views toward women?

__0__ Vicki Lawrence __20__ Glenn Close __0_ Nichole Kidman

__6___ Ashley Judd __20__ Joan Cusack __14__ Emma Thompson

__40___ Sally Field __0__ Helen Mirren

Brittany Stevens -

The young daughter of Kennalyn and David. Bright eyed, and full of energy and mischief. Can she recover from a devastating event when she is very young? What kind of young woman will she become? Brittany is a precocious child with golden hair. She loves her parents and protects her younger brother. She will do whatever is needed to protect her mother and her father’s memory.

__15___ Miley Cyrus _30__ Dakota Fanning __40__ Carly Schroeder

__15___ Hannah Montana __0__ Anna Sophia Robb

David Stevens, Jr. -

Kennalyn and David's son. He's born during a rough time in Kennalyn's life. Will he be the apple of his grandfather's eye? Can he survive being raised with several "mothers"? David Jr is around 5 by the end of the book.

__7___ Cole Sprouse __35__ Dylan Sprouse __15___ Conner Rayburn

__7___ Mark Lester __35__ Sean Preston Federline

Rick Thomas -

He was David's college roommate. Over the years, he becomes the legal voice for a development company which works throughout New England. When he reappears in Kennalyn's life, why is he there?

__15___ Peter Reckell __15___Brad Pitt __40__ Johnny Depp

__4___ Tom Cruise __0___ Matt Damon __4__ Luke Wilson

__4___ Ben Affleck __4__ James Spader _15__ Paul Walker

The overall winning of the casting contest was Merryl Streep to play Mrs Stevens - the mother in law of the heroine - Kennalyn Jones Stevens. I think she could bring the evil nature of Mrs. Stevens to life on the screen.

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