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Kushiel's Dart: The Movie 2.0 by NACrnko Kushiel's Dart: The Movie 2.0 by NACrnko
After re-reading the book and considering some comments, I decided to redo the movie poster. And I must say that I'm MUCH more pleased with the end product. I think I'll save the more stark look for the poster for Kushiel's Avatar.

One of the main things that I reconsidered was my casting. I was pretty much set on Eva Green as Phedre but reconsidered Anglina Jolie as Melisande. I started to think of putting in someone like Monica Bellucci, but I realized that for this role, you'd need someone who was more than a beautiful woman. You needed someone who could really be walking, talking, sex-incarnate. And Jolie really could BE Melisande.

Also, I reconsidered my original choice of Joscelin. I originally though of Brad Pitt, but I realized that I was thinking of early 90s Pitt and not how he is now. I think that Meyers would fill the role rather well. And I was amazed at how easy it was to find blonde hair to transfer to Meyers (I know it's supposed to be braided, but give me a break..)

I like how the background turned out. I think that the red haze is a good denotation for how the book describes what Phedre goes through whenever she is feeling pain.

Now, as soon as I finish Kushiel's Chosen (give me a break, I'm a slow reader!) I'll get to work on that. I already have a layout in mind and the PERFECT person to play Kazan.

Oh, and the casting breaks down to this:

Eva Green - Phedre no Delaunay
Angelina Jolie - Melisande Shahrizai
Ralph Fiennes - Anafiel Delaunay
John Rhys-Meyers - Joscelin Verreuil
Adrian Grenier - Hyacinthe
Jared Leto - Alcuin no Delaunay
Scarlett Johansson - Ysandre de la Courcel
Karl Urban - Drustan mab Necthana
Vladimir Kulich - Waldemar Selig
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CrazyEmoGirl93 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011
Really great Work!:)
Personally,I think that for the characters of Anfiel Delunay,Phèdre nò Delunay and Joscelin Verreuil are better Goran Visnjic,Jessica Alba and Jensen Ackles...:)
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Aifsaath Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Interesting.
by the way, Vladimir Kulich is the name of headmaster in my school.
He is really crazy
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aJajo-chan Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010
Angelina is perfect to play Melisanda. :3 Just PERFECT.
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purplepixie3 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010
Congratulations! Jacqueline Carey has posted your poster on her facebook page!
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LilyofNothing Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010   Photographer
I'm not a big fan of your casting, however I do like your poster!
I see Sophia Myles when I picture Ysandre; Scarlett just doesn't do it for me. And definitely NO on Johnathon Rhys Myers. He's too . . . sharp. Joscelin is stoic. I could see him as Mavros though. I agree with whomever said Jared Leto for Joscelin. And I don't think Angie is pretty enough for Melisande. I'd go with a relatively unknown for her.

But hey, that's just me! Good job on the poster though, I really do like it. =)
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LilyofNothing Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010   Photographer
Also; I like Ben Barnes as Hyacinthe. Adrian Greenier is too . . . modern. Also, another idea for D'Aiglemort is Jason Isaacs (or possibly Marimon Shahrizai). And I kinda like Rupert Grint as Lucius instead.
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feral-faerie Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010
Eva Green works for me. She's not the most beautiful but has that strength in vulnerability when she acts that Phèdre has.

Not totally convinced by all the others but the photo shop is awesome.

Thanks for the sharing
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Angela2207 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009
I think that Jonathan Rhys Myers would actually work better as Isidore d'Aiglemort. He has that sharp beauty that I always associate with Camaelines. Thoughts?
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LilyofNothing Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010   Photographer
Or as Mavros. He does have the bright blue eyes that could be Shahrizai. But yeah, I totally agree and see him not as a Joscelin.
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persekore Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That was my first impression when I saw him on the poster as well - nice to know someone else sees the same pictures I do.
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fehimeren Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009
please click "love it" :) [link]
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ecktay Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009
I like the idea of Eva Green playing Phedre, however it mentions in all six books (either Joscelin or Imriel) that Phedre does not reach past their shoulders. That both men place their cheek on her head.
I think Eva Green is tall, is she not?
The same with Drustan, it is mentioned that he is the same or shorter than Ysandre.

For some reason i agree with everyone regarding Melisande - Angelina Jolie would be good.

However a big no no to John Rhys-Meyers - yeagggghh!!

And you're right it should be a tv series, otherwise the story will get lost.
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Venus-D-eMilo Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Professional Writer
Tom Felton - Alcuin no Delaunay - Just a thought considering the coloring
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NACrnko Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Oddly enough, a friend of mine said the same thing the other day
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Cibbwin Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
I thought of Ralph Feinnes for Delaunay, too! Right off the bat, in fact.

But I think I like Natalie Portman as Phedre better. I dunno - I love Eva Green, but I don't know if I trust her acting skills to carry Phedre.

Angelina Jolie is in my top ten favorite actors, and I thought of her for Melisande, but it seems too easy, somehow. Too obvious. I think a more interesting choice could be made there.

A few off-topic casting choices: A younger Cate Blanchett as Grainne, and Helen McRory as Thelesis de Mornay?
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Cibbwin Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Err... thats McCrory.

And I LOVE Claire Daines as Ysandre. Ysandre is very slim and very delicate, and I don't like ScarJo as her.

But I agree - you did a great job, nonetheless.
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azyrian Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
WOW
Seeing this makes me want to reread the first book and actually get around to finishing the rest.
Seriously, it brought tears to my eyes to look at it.
It's perfect. :heart:
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ImpishTendencies Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
I gotta say...if you think Angelina Jolie would be more sensual and sexual than Monica Bellucci, you're crazy. Just downright bats**t crazy. Did you not see Brotherhood of the Wolf, Shoot 'Em Up, The Matrix Reloaded, Brothers Grimm? Bellucci oozes sexuality from her every pore, and in my opinion, has a better look for the part. I always thought Jolie looks like a shrew, and for the part of Melisande you don't want someone who looks like an out-and-out witch. Finally, Jolie wouldn't "stoop" to give sexual scenes their full justifiable due, while Bellucci's European sensibilities do not fear nudity or sex.
Bellucci is by far the better option.
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NACrnko Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Bellucci is definitely beautiful and does exude sexuality, but in a different way. I could see her playing Phedre during the Imriel trilogy because hers is a quiet, subdued, graceful sexuality. Jolie has a larger air of having the dominant femme-fatale type. And as far as "stooping" for giving sex scenes their justifiable due - one word: "Gia".
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Ailvayn Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
This is really good, I love the books. <3 amazing. I just want to say that for Joscelin, the image I get of him is much more along the line of Eicca Toppinen from the band Apocalyptica.
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Otterbane Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah perfect, from what I gather of Jolie's 'conquest' of Brad Pitt, she seems perfect for the role of Melisande. Eva Green is an EXCELLENT choice of Phedre, since I just watched Casino Royale again!

I'm not sure about Grenier, since I thought that Hyacinthe was of a darker complexion? But Meyers looks GREAT as Joscelin!
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StarshineSim Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009
I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!! Originally I had Angie as Phedre in my head, but her as Melisande is just wonderful.... I had imgined Phedre as Jessica Alba type!!??
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Veleek Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009
Eva Green fits the part like a glove.

She already played a nymphomaniac in a previous movie and isn't afraid to do explicit, if bizarre, sex scenes.
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NACrnko Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Her role in "the Dreamers" was what sealed it for me as well :)
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MarthaTheMad Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009
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I simply love this work. I found it on carey's website and i simply fell in love!
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BlackJewel136 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009
Beautiful work. If they make a movie of this they totally have to use your posters. I agree with your casting for the most part. Angelina is sex incarnate, Ralph Fiennes is great, and Grenier is a great fit for Hyacinthe. I hadn't considered Johnathon Rhys-Meyers for Joscelin, and I half think he would be good for it, but at the same time, I'm not so sure. He sort of exudes sexuality, and Joscelin is supposed to abe a virgin-priest. He does have the beauty for the part though. Not so sure about your pick for Phedre, but then, I really don't know who would make a perfect Phedre.

While I think it would be amazing if they produced this book into a movie/miniseries, I'd be very skeptical, because Hollywood has done loads of books-to-movies that were downright awful. Perhaps with this one, they could manage to do some justice.
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NACrnko Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the compliment :) I've been slightly reconsidering Eva Green as well and thinking that someone like Megan Fox would fit, mostly because she's a little more accurate age-wise. That's been my biggest hurdle, since I pay little or no attention to the "young and hot" crowd. The guy that I have in mind for Imriel (yes, I'm working on the Imriel trilogy posters) is pushing thirty, but I can't imagine anyone else but him for the role.

Personally, I'd rather see this done as a series on Showtime or HBO. They would be able to not cut out half of the story for the sake of length, and there is a lot less censorship with shows on movie channels than there is with Hollywood.
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BlackJewel136 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009
I can't blame you for not paying much attention to the "young and hot" crowd. These days most of that group can't even act, they just happen to be nice to look at.

I agree on the HBO/Showtime thought. My only fear is that they would take creative liberties with the books, which are amazing in and of themselves.
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Montreve Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008
GREAT POSTER!! I also saw it on Carey's site! Congrats! As for Melisande, I think it would come down to auditions between Monica Bellucci and Angelina Jolie. Either would work. I personally would go with an unknown for Phedre, which when making a fictional poster is REALLY hard to do! only change I would make is... dun dun dun!!

Alcuin : Edward Speleers

Hopefully we will have a script for the first book soon! So what do people think: Should it be a movie , mini series or a show like on HBO?
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NACrnko Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Personally, I think that it would work better as a show on Showtime or HBO. They can go into more detail if it were a several-episode series instead of a 2-3 hour movie and I think that they would have more room to be loyal to the book rather than changing it for audiences.
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Otterbane Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome poster! I don't think Angelina would be exactly Melisande, but it's a great work!
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Icelands Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008
Angelina Jolie -- while that's not how I pictured Melisande -- is a great fit. Same with Jonathon R-M.

Great book, and nice poster!
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AmandaKillingsworth Featured By Owner May 25, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I must say I always do picture Monica Bellucci as Melisande. She IS sex incarnate. I agree that the publicity surrounding Jolie is just too much =) But how amazing would it be if the DID make this movie?
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Moonstar4183 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I just stopped by Jaqueline Careys site and saw this on the front page :D
And in the fan art section. Came to say grats for grabbing her attention with this hehe.
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MetalliRia Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008
Oh my god, wonderful casting. I saw this on jacqueline's website and had to look for it on da so I could favorite it. I can't wait for mercy to come out, its so exciting.
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LizardKitsch Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2008
I don't think Adrian Grenier would work. Hyacinthe is Tsingano. They're black. And black-face is frowned upon.

But Angelina Jolie! That would be an absolute perfect fit. That would just be amazing.
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NACrnko Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually, the Tsingano are based on gypsies. So they'd be darker-featured, but not black.
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LizardKitsch Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2008
But they are black. It says so in the book.
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Ysandra Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2008
wow that interesting yee Jolie really could be Melisande. really thats was so awsome !:D :love:
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NACrnko Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. I'd like to hear your thoughts on my Kushiel's Chosen poster as well. I'm almost done with the one for Kushiel's Avatar.
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pifpafka Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008
I love this book... Josceline is cute <3
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lenochka86 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008   Digital Artist
I love your choice for Hyacinthe... perfect. I love the series and you did a very tasteful design, well done.
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Moonstar4183 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Looks great, and I agree, as I was reading the books I kept picturing Angelina when I read about Melisande... she just fits perfect :)
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alyse22 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2007
Based on looks alone, have you ever seen Kim Kardashian? Okay okay I know she has a crappy show and she's a nobody, but for some reason she's exactly how I pictured Phedre. And she has a great figure.

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NACrnko Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
She definitely has a great look and figure, but I went for Eva Green as opposed to someone like Megan Fox or Jessica Alba for the same reason that I went with Angelina Jolie as Melisande instead of someone like Monica Bellucci. Said actor could - in my mind - really BE their respective characters instead of just looking the part.
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flamebreeze22 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2007
ahh and since i forgot, GOOD JOB!! whether or (not) i disagree with your castings, the picture itself is yet another marvel of your brilliance and far superior photoshop skills. i need more tutoring, sir. i think the balance in the pic is a bit off. as if jos needed to be bigger and more towards the left.
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flamebreeze22 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2007
i must say i disagree with your casting....
grenier works.
jolie works, but if i were to do a movie id choose jordana brewster or a less known actress. jolie is ruined for me by her publicity. eva green would work too, actually.

jared leto would be MUCH better for joscelin
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maybe even heath ledger, but not really. either way, meyers has such a cold, seductive presence. joscelyn needs to be aloof and virginal. i really dont like meyers as an actor and his looks wouldnt fit terre de ange in my opinion.

phedre- eva green is okay but how about rose mcgowen? jennifer garner? (mehh) katie holmes? (that scene in thank you for smoking was hot) long shot... emmy rossum? kate beckinsale?

ysandre MUST be claire danes. must. ali larter as a second. amy smart as a third.

selig is fine. fiennes is perfect. drustans is fine. id go darker, though.
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Rhiev Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2007
Yay! Another one!!
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