Quite a few people I know are fans of Dorothy Dunnett’s Lymond Chronicles, centred upon a scapegrace Scots nobleman navigating the intrigues of the Tudor/Stewart/Suleiman era whose talents and flaws (and associated collateral damage body count) exceed those of Sherlock Holmes, Batman and Iron Man put together. I am currently 3/4 of the way through book number 4 of 6 and cannot wait to see how the story arc resolves.
Regina Thorne at Heroes and Heartbreakers thinks that Tom Hiddleston (in blond mode, obviously) is the best current casting choice for a putative screen adaptation of the adventures of Francis Crawford of Lymond, and I find it hard to argue against her choice.
It is rather essential to the casting that Lymond be utterly convincing with blue eyes, pale skin and blond curls, bearing an overt athletic grace, overweening charm and charismatically arrogant in his gifts (yet also able to disguise himself with clownish or loutish ease in pursuance of his intrigues). Does anybody have a better current contender?
If you have casting suggestions for any of the other characters who interact with Lymond in his many adventures, please do suggest them while being moderately spoiler aware. New readers beware – you think George R.R. Martin is ruthless in killing off the readers’ darlings? Pfft. What an amateur.
Please feel free to just generally discuss the books if you are coming up blank on the casting suggestions.
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