I absolutely loved Elizabeth Gilbert’s The Signature of All Things, so I was pretty thrilled to hear news that the novel is being adapted for Masterpiece on PBS. I immediately alerted my book club and we couldn’t help but talk about dream casting. Since the novel spans quite a bit of time, it’s likely the show will need multiple actors for each character. It was hard enough for me to come up with a great adult (who could possibly be aged) for some of the main characters, so I’ll leave the kids and any other options up to you!
“She was her father’s daughter. It was said of her from the beginning. For one thing, Alma Whittaker looked precisely like Henry: ginger of hair, florid of skin, small of mouth, wide of brow and abundant of nose.”
First Choice: Sarah Polley (Can we get her to direct, too?)
“Henry’s face was better suited to a grown man than to a little girl.”
First Choice: Donald Sutherland
“A tall, slender, sandy-haired young man in a brown corduroy suit stepped out.”
“Up close, though, one could see his age – especially as he lay in the sun, flopped across the grass without his hat on. His face was faintly lined, tanned and freckled by years of weather, and the sandy hair at his temples was turning gray.”
First Choice: David Thewlis
“Polly [Prudence] was the same age as Alma, but daintier and startlingly beautiful. She looked like a perfect figurine carved out of fine French soap, into which someone had inlaid a pair of glittering peacock-blue eyes. But it was the tiny pink pillow of her mouth that made this girl more than simply pretty…”
First Choice: Holliday Grainger
“The girl was certainly a queer-looking thing. She had seemed prettier from a distance. True, she had a lovely figure, a magnificent head of hair, and an appealingly matched set of dimples, but from nearby one could see that her face was a bit flat and round – something like a saucer – and her green eyes were altogether too large and demonstrative.”
First Choice: Juno Temple (with dark hair, of course)
Who would you like to see in The Signature of All Things? Do you have any great child actors in mind? What about the other characters?