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    Audrey Tautou did a find acting job in Dirty Pretty Things, and there was nothing cute about that movie. I've never seen her project much Sophie-like intelligence and charisma, though; the producers probably just wanted the French actress currently most popular in the United States. I think SnowflakeGirl's Julie Delpy idea was better, but at least they chose a real French girl!

    I think Tom Hanks will be okay. Honestly, the characters in the book didn't have too much personality for acting to even be that important. The movie will be plot and suspense driven (just like the book) and regardless of whether it's decent or not, people will line up to see it (just like with the book).

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    I guess from my reading of the book, I'd just pictured all the characters a bit older than the way they've been cast. As much I love Ludivine Sagnier, Phat, I think she looks far too young, even at 25, to play an experienced cryptologist (that's just about drunk grad student age) and with the semi-romantic dynamic between the leads, it would disturb me to see her paired with Tom Hanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by Salome
    I think SnowflakeGirl's Julie Delpy idea was better, but at least they chose a real French girl!
    Exactly! At least it's not Gwyneth Paltrow with a Pepe LePew accent, or some such nonsense. Or another example, as much as I love Zhang Ziyi, why is Hollywood casting her to play the Japanese lead in Memoirs of a Geisha. Can Americans really not tell the difference?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SnowflakeGirl
    Or another example, as much as I love Zhang Ziyi, why is Hollywood casting her to play the Japanese lead in Memoirs of a Geisha. Can Americans really not tell the difference?
    Hilarious. I was thinking the same.
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    I think Tom Hanks can pull off anything, especially when I think of him in Castaway, he was absolutely amazing looking in that movie with his dramatic and accurate change in appearance. I think he can do it justice.

    I think I sort of pictured Mel Gibson though when I was reading the book.

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    I was a little disappointed they cast Tom Hanks. I thought they should do some one a little less known. When I read the book, I thoguht of someone like Bill Pullman. I heard he was just cast as a harvard prof on a new show (revelations i think) that is a similar scifi-religious thing - guess I was close I think Audrey Tatou was a good choice. Not nec. someone I would have thought of, but interesting casting.

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    I dont know about anyone else, but I'm actually dissapointed that they're even making this movie. I dont see how they'll be able to do it any justice, since the plot and it's unfolding is so visual... to see it all unfold at one glance is so "bla". Remember reading the description of finding the body in the Louvre to begin with? It unfolded....it's so difficult to unfold in a movie because it's all so "there". That's the beauty of a book! Plus, alot of the intrigue to the book is the background information in addition to the plot. I don't know - Ron Howard's great...but even Spielberg couldn't pull this off successfully I don't think. I mean it will be "ok" but nothing in comparison to the book.

    I'm just thankful that Tom Cruise wasn't cast. Ugh. I don't know who I would've put for Langston. I sort of had someone different in mind than Tom Hanks. I would've liked to have seen a less recognizable actor take the lead, so as to fall into the movie a little more, you know what I mean?

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    I'm disappointed with the casting - I'm not a huge Tom Hanks fan, and although I'll watch the movie I definitely won't have high hopes for it. I never have my hopes set too high for adapted novels.

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    I'm just thankful that Tom Cruise wasn't cast.
    So true. When they cast him as Lestat I felt more or less the same way as I do about Hanks as Langdon. Actor d'jour for the part instead of taking the time for a proper cast.

    Although I don't think Brown will wear black and lash out publicly the same way Anne Rice did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eny
    So true. When they cast him as Lestat I felt more or less the same way as I do about Hanks as Langdon. Actor d'jour for the part instead of taking the time for a proper cast.

    Although I don't think Brown will wear black and lash out publicly the same way Anne Rice did.
    Anne Rice hated Tom for this part.. as did I when i heard it, however after the movie was made.. she said no one else could have pulled it off like he did. I also agreed.

    Dan Brown has already voiced approval of Hanks in the role.. I still can't see it working. When I read the book I admit I pictured Ford.. well a much younger Ford as Langdon.. and thought George Clooney would be a natural choice.

    Langdon was described as bookishly good looking... and i always head his voice deeper then Hanks' voice. I have never been a fan of Hanks, and do not feel he can do this role justice.. pull it off maybe but not play it as its meant to be played. I think of him as goofy no matter what movie hes been in.

    Also I thought his age was given in DVC as mid-40s.. I could be mistaken but that to me was a factor in who i felt would be good at this part. However I may be in fact, be wrong on that bit.

    As for the rest of the cast, thus far i think its perfect!

    Jean Reno .... Bezu Fache
    Audrey Tautou .... Sophie Neveu

    I can also see:

    John Cleese or even Sean Connery as Teabing
    Johnny Depp as Lieutenant Collet
    John Turturro as Remy

    This movie could have easily been done with a not very well known cast.. and still been a big hit. I for one will most likely not see it with tom hanks in it, i will wait for the DVD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FireWoman
    ...thought George Clooney would be a natural choice.
    So did I. When I envisioned scenes from the novel, I actually envisioned Clooney in some of those scenes.

    I think of him as goofy no matter what movie hes been in.
    I like Hanks fine. But no matter how many Oscar nominations he earns, he'll always be the guy from Bosom Buddies to me. It's a miracle that he managed to live down that show and go on to have such a successful career. In fact, off the top of my head, I can't think of another sitcom star who overcame his/her TV past to rise to that level of stardom.
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