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Creator-Chosen Casting

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How much control a creator has over casting when it comes to adaptations of their work is highly variable. In some cases, the adaptation is done by the creators themselves, in which case they have full control over it. In other, less fortunate cases, they end up not being in favor of casting choices but not being able to do anything about it, either.

From time to time, though, creators personally handpick a certain performer for a role. On occasion, the performer will turn it down, but other times, the handpick ends up being a successful choice.


May distantly relate to Doing It for the Art. Compare Comic-Book Fantasy Casting. See also Hypothetical Casting, where creators hypothesize about which actors could conceivably play the characters, Ascended Fancast, where the person who gets cast is someone the fans also wanted in the role, and Cast the Runner-Up, for when a performer doesn't get chosen for the role they auditioned for, but the creator instead casts them in a role they feel suits them better; in some cases, an original character is created specifically for them.

Please only list examples where the creator's choice ended up being the actual pick; times where the creator's choice turned down the part are equally if not more common.



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    Anime and Manga 
  • One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda was so fascinated by Kazuki Yao's portrayal of the Jango and Bon Clay / Mr 2 characters that he specifically created the character Franky, the crew carpenter, to make Yao a permanent character in the voice cast.

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  • The Hate U Give: While it's unclear how much (if any) say she got in the actual casting, Angie Thomas told Amandla Stenberg that she wrote the character of Starr with her in mind after she was cast in the film adaptation.

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  • When Taylor Swift released her re-recording of Red (2012), she not only included the legendary, original 10-minute version of "All Too Well," but released a short film to go with it, which she wrote and directed herself. She wanted Dylan O'Brien and Sadie Sink to play the couple from the very start, and even said in an interview that if Sink hadn't been on board, she might've considered it a sign and not done the film. Luckily, both Sink and O'Brien were very enthusiastic about being involved, and the film was made to Taylor's vision.

  • Jonathan Pryce starred played the lead role in Trevor Griffiths' play Comedians, a part that was written especially for him. He reprised the role in two television adaptations, one of which was Play for Today.

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