Casting Unrequited – Emily Shaffer
Casting Unrequited as a movie is both easy and difficult. I have clear visions of the characters, but finding the right actor, of the right age, isn’t easy. For example, in my mind Ashton looks a lot like Jennifer Connolly…twenty years ago.
After doing a little thinking and a lot of searching, I think I have finally cast a few of the characters from Unrequited.
Ashton Wallace – Jessica Stroup
After finally accepting that Jennifer Connolly was out of the running, I found my Ashton. Jessica Stroup, physically, fits in with how I imagined Ashton. I have not seen a lot of her work, but I do know she can play a gal who has her walls up and is on guard. Ashton is a girl who is scared and fights that fear by wearing an extremely hard-to-crack shell. I think Jessica could get that quality across on screen.
Will Leighton – Liam Hemsworth
Liam has the “otherworldly” eyes you might expect from a blue-eyed vampire. He has a strength about him, but he can also have a very sweet quality. Capturing Will’s kind and easygoing quality is really important. Will is the definition of a “good guy”, and Liam fits that description well.
Griffin Devereaux – Colin O’Donoghue
Of all the characters, Griffin is the hardest for me to peg, possibly because he is my favorite. There is a darkness about Griffin, but also a vulnerability. I needed someone that could carry both of these qualities off, and look good doing it. Griffin has also been around the longest, so I needed someone that you could believe had been alive centuries ago.
Henry Pike – Donald Sutherland
I love Donald Sutherland, and would put him in almost every single movie out there. Henry is wise, funny, and curious about the world…and I believe Donald Sutherland is too.
Sarah (Ashton’s friend) – Kaitlyn Jenkins
Sarah is based on my real friend, also named Sarah. When I first saw Kaitlyn on the now-cancelled show, Bunheads, she reminded me so much of my friend, that it was scary. I think she would be perfect to play the sweet and quiet, but at times bubbly, Sarah.
Aimee (Ashton’s friend) – Bailey Buntain
Give Bailey some bright red hair, and she is Aimee. I’ve seen Bailey in a couple of projects, and she can definitely play the tiny firecracker that I’ve always imagined in Aimee.