My magic star dream wish list.

I have some exciting news about The Girl in the RoadNO, it is not a movie option. Yet. (I’ve stated publicly I won’t sell rights without clauses for race-appropriate casting, so that alone is a big deterrent to most would-be producers. And you know what? It’s meant to be. I wouldn’t trust those producers with my story.)

In the meantime, we can dream, right? Tell me in the comments who you would cast! I’m actually at a loss for several of the characters, including Meena. Sarita Choudhury from Mississippi Masala is damn near exactly what I had in mind (even the character’s name is Meena!), but now she’s twenty years older, alas.

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For Mariama, there’s no question: Lupita Nyong’o. Absurdly talented and also eerily close to the picture of Mariama I always had in my mind.

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Gabriel Ramachandran would be played by Suraj Sharma, who was so amazing in Life of Pi.

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Young Mariama would be played by Quvenzhané Wallis. She made me cry multiple times in Beasts of the Southern Wild.

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Yemaya would be played by Aïssa Maïga, a Senegalese-French actress.

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Mohini would be played by the luminous Priyanka Chopra.

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Arjuna the lover would be played by the gorgeous (and aptly-named) Arjun Kapoor.

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Lucia, the cute lifeguard, would be played by Mindy Kaling.

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Rana, the rebellious fisher boy, would be played by Dev Patel.

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As for Muthashan and Muthashi, Francis and Mohammed…I’m drawing a blank so far. Actually, I’d love a comedian to play Francis. Suggestions welcome!

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9 Comments on “My magic star dream wish list.”

  1. jamjarhead says:

    All good choices. Keep control if you can. Money, money, money. Money.

  2. C says:

    Strange… I didn’t picture any of the faces until you asked. I had an outline, a big bright silhouette, for Mohammed. Then, after you asked, he became a young Forest Whitaker. Just finished the book tonight. I can’t believe I didn’t see that denouement coming! xx

  3. anjuli says:

    Probably too old for the role unfortunately, but Archie Panjabi or Parminder Nagra for Meena? I love them.


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