The Tell-Tale Arts

Picture Perfect Casts: Female Authors

I often find myself casting the movie versions of…well, everything: books, TV shows, conversations between strangers on the street.

Casting celebrities as historical figures is extra fun, because I like to think that my choices will inevitably lead these actors to Oscar victory. After all, biographical films are probably the most sure-fire way for any actor or actress to snag that elusive gold statuette. Nicole Kidman won Best Actress for portraying Virginia Woolf in “The Hours” in 2002, so portrayals of women writers clearly tickle the Academy’s fancy. Check out my picture perfect casting choices for some yet-to-be-made female author biopics:

Queen Latifah as Zora Neale Hurston

Queen Latifah = Zora Neale Hurston

When I saw this picture of Zora Neale Hurston for the first time, I actually thought it was Queen Latifah (I’m not a very smart person). In her prime, Hurston was an active, powerful force, and Queen Latifah definitely has the spark (and facial structure) to capture the writer’s essence.

Mia Wasikowska as Emily Dickinson

Mia Wasikowska = Emily Dickinson

A cinematic depiction of Emily Dickinson is a fascinating idea, mainly because she was such an enigmatic and private person. Julia Pepperwood wisely suggested Mia Wasikowska for the title role, since she’s great at the whole internalized life thing. Also, she looks good with a middle part.

Alison Lohman as Elizabeth Bishop

Alison Lohman = Elizabeth Bishop

Elizabeth Bishop would be an amazingly complex character to portray. She was adventurous and cultivated relationships with many notable people, but her poems are distant and rarely personal. I think Alison Lohman has the melancholy edge and subtle acting chops to pull it off.

Maggie Gyllenhaal as Flannery O’Connor

Maggie Gyllenhaal = Flannery O'Connor

Flannery O’Connor and Maggie Gyllenhaal were/are both kind of oddballs. Maggie would adequately capture the southern, religious roots of Flannery, all while adding an appropriate touch of the morbid and grotesque.

Elisabeth Moss as Kate Chopin


Elisabeth Moss can do a lot better than Mad Men‘s Peggy Olson, and since she looks exactly like Kate Chopin, why doesn’t she simply star in “Kate Chopin: The Movie”? She could totally pull off Kate’s refined intelligence and her progressive feelings about being a woman/mother of six (ew).

Amy Adams as Margaret Mitchell

Amy Adams = Margaret Mitchell

Who knew Margaret Mitchell was such a babe? Amy Adams has the ideal Old Hollywood-esque face, and she perfectly embodies Margaret’s feminine sexuality. And can’t you just see Amy Adams sitting down at a typewriter and getting swept away by her own creation of Rhett Butler?


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