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How Would You Cast My Sister's Keeper?

How Would You Cast My Sister's Keeper?

I finally got to reading (and finishing) the Jodi Picoult book so many of you love: My Sister's Keeper. I was curious to find out why you all were outraged over the news that Cameron Diaz was cast as the mother in the story, and now that I've read the book, I fully understand. She's all wrong for that part! Not only does she seem too young to have children in their late teens, but there's nothing motherly about her... at all.

This got me thinking about how I'd cast a movie version of this book, and it's a hard task. The family in the story is so not-Hollywood, so casting the glitzy stars of today (Diaz included) seems all wrong. How would you cast My Sister's Keeper if you were in charge?

This isn't like my weekly recast challenges — I'm not going to select a cast list and put together a photo collage. I'm simply curious to hear your ideas. So tell me what you think. To see who I might cast,

Sara Fitzgerald (Anna's mother) — Laura Linney or Toni Collette
Brian (Anna's father) — Enrico Colantoni ("Veronica Mars")
Anna — Saoirse Ronan
Kate (Anna's ill sister) — Cheyenne Hill
Jesse (Anna's older brother) — Chris Lowell
Campbell (the lawyer) — Jon Hamm ("Mad Men")
Julia (the guardian ad litem) — Zuleikha Robinson (from The Namesake, I don't know why, but she kept popping in my head as Julia the whole time I was reading this novel)

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melxohdee melxohdee 8 years
Julia: Amanda Peet Campel: David Boreanaz Brian: George Eads Jesse: William Moseley Anna: i guess Abigail Breslin Sara: DEFINETLY NOT CAMERON DIAZ. maybee Jennie Garth
bakedbeans bakedbeans 8 years
This movie won't pull off the characters in th book with such hollywood actors. I think Toni Colette would be a much better choice (you should see her in the Black Balloon) and Alec Baldwin is way too old for Campell and so is the girl playing Julia. I think it would have been interesting seeing Hugh Laurie as Campell (and if nothing else, hilarious). For Anna, Saoirise Ronan would be amazing bugt I think they sould get some unknowns for the other roles. Cameron is going to completely screw this movie over which will suck because the book is amazing. I must admit though, Abgail Breslin is a good choice, because Elle Fanning is way too young to play Anna.
naznnay naznnay 8 years
I read the book, liked it a lot! Diane Lane would be perfect as Sarah, the mom. Alec baldwin is a good pick for Campbell. Matthew Broderick would be good as Brian, the dad.
sabrina0116 sabrina0116 9 years
I have read the comments above and I think alot of people nailed on who should play the roles in the movie. Cameron should definetly not play the role of Sarah, she would be more suited for the rold of Julia (guardian). Also, Kate is Anna OLDER sister not younger. Anna is the youngest of the three children and she was genetically created to help Kate with her illness. Sarah Fitzgerald: Mary McCormack Brian Fitzgerald: Enrico Colantoni ("Veronica Mars") ** I agree with buzz on this one. Kate Fitzgerald: Kristen Alderson Anna Fitzgerald: Abigail Breslian or Jenna Boyd Jesse Fitzgerald: Brandon Buddy Campbell: Patrick Dempsey Julia: Katherine Heigel or Cameron Diaz
Twinbaby Twinbaby 9 years
Cameron did do a good job in my favorite books movie interpretation (In Her Shoes, Cameron played Maggy) but that part was totally more suited towards Cameron. I guess we'll have to wait and see. It will never change my love for the book though.
emmebeth emmebeth 9 years
Sarah (mom): Toni Colette or Jeanne Tripplehorn ("Big Love") Brian (dad): Kevin Costner Anna: Abigail Breslin or Dakota Fanning Kate: Emma Roberts or Ali Lohan Jesse:Michael Bruce Patrick Seater ("Life With Derek" Disney Channel) Campbell: Robert Sean Leonard ("House") or Julia: Jennifer Connolly or Rachel Weisz
shafiii shafiii 9 years
i have thought about this for far too long, My Sister's Keeper is my all-time favorite book and its hard to think about who would be cast. so... here i go Brian: Denny Duquette Jesse: Milo Ventimiligna, he just seems perfect even though hes totally too old. Campbell: Julian McMahon Julia: If Cameron Diaz has to be in the movie, this would be the best role for her. Im kind of at a lose of who to cast for Anna, Sara, and Kate because theyre all such strong and dominant characters. I'll be back though. A lot of people are saying Dakota Fanning as Anna, but Dakota is too small to play the role. Anna is supposed to be like 13 and i just can't see Dakota playing such a role. It doesn't seem to be fitting for some reason. but thats just me.
kelleylocke kelleylocke 9 years
Cameron Diaz? That's reeaaallly bad casting.
paii paii 9 years
I don't know that i could recast all the characters-but i would say for Anna...Refer to Fabsugar's article New York Fashion Week, Spring 2008: She's one of Cynthia Rowleys models...Fourth model down in the first column.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
haven't read it yet but i can't see Cameron Diaz as anyone's mom, let alone the mother of teenagers!
tralala2 tralala2 9 years
Hmmm... have any of you seen 'Being John Malcovich'? For me this role Cameron played is her saving grace, or I too would have the same perception. Maybe this role will be a good change-up for her image. Who knows? It seems iffy, but it could work.
Laurg628 Laurg628 9 years
I totally agree with toni collette as the mom. I do not like knowing that the film seems like it is going to be all glitzy and glam, I think it might take away from the story.
jennaboa jennaboa 9 years
Cameron doesn't strike me as the motherly type, but then she didn't look like she'd fit the role in Being John Malkovich either, and did very well in it.
controlledspin controlledspin 9 years
I am glad that I wasn't the only one really mad at the end. I don't want to give it away to anyone, but I screamed "NO THAT ISN'T RIGHT!" when I read it. LOL
carmen2985 carmen2985 9 years
Anna: Dakota Fanning Kate: Emma Roberts Jesse: Jesse McCartney Mom: Mary Louise Parker Dad: Denny Duquette Campbell: Chris O'Donnell Julia: Sarah Lancaster
creamytofu creamytofu 9 years
omg...cameron diaz cannot pull that chacarter off... I cannot really picture her doing a serious drama role..especially this character.
Beth1122 Beth1122 9 years
Caterpillar - I felt totally ripped off in the end too. I had it figured out before I got there and was so disappointed that I was right......
controlledspin controlledspin 9 years
I finished the book not long ago, and I thought that it was weird too. She almost needs to dye her hair dark, as well. Sara - Cate Blanchett or Sandra Bullock Brian - Kyle Chandler Campbell - Hugh Laurie (House) Julia - Julianna Marguiles I am at a loss for the kids parts. I want to say Dakota Fanning for either Anna or Kate. Can I also say that I was so upset with the way it ended?
sway- sway- 9 years
I love this book and i while i like Cameron Diaz, casting her is all wrong! I think: Anna- Jodelle Ferland Sara (Anna's mother)- Jennifer Connelly Brian (Anna's father)- Mark Ruffalo Julia- Tawny Cypress I'm not sure about the rest, but those would be my absolute favorites in those roles.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
Its uncanny that i JUST finished this book yesterday, on audio book, and i thought that The author completely ripped me off in the ending! As for casting? Sara Fitzgerald (Anna's mother) — Tea Leoni Brian (Anna's father) — Keifer sutherland("Veronica Mars") Anna — Abigail Breslin (she is the right age!) Kate (Anna's ill sister) — Anna Sophia Robb (who is also the right age and i think she can look frail) Jesse (Anna's older brother) — Trevor Morgan (He was in Jurassic park 3, sixth sense) Campbell (the lawyer) — David Boreanaz Julia (the guardian ad litem) — (she is supposed to be a knockout) Jennifer Connelly
jsleonardeml jsleonardeml 9 years
I think Cameron Diaz is an awful choice for that role. I LOVED this book & think that you need someone that is motherly but a little strong as well. I like Julianne Moore for this role liks some others have said. I don't know about the daughters...I don't know a lot of young actresses names!
buffyanne buffyanne 9 years
Toni Collette would make a great mom. Cameron Diaz...I just can't see it. Gwyneth Paltrow could work or Julianne Moore.
Scarlet Scarlet 9 years
I think Marcia Cross would play the role of the mother wonderfully. Still not sure about the daughters though.
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