More casting news to break this week. Two of the leads have already been cast for Delirium, and now three more are coming in. Plus casting for ALEX! Also, Zap2It reveals the changes from book to TV, as we all know adaptions can't be completely true to the story. Continue reading for details!
Both Lena and Julian were cast last week. Gregg Sulkin was cast as Julian and Emma Roberts landed the role as Lena!
According to The Hollywood Reporter, The male lead has gone to Daren Kagasoff. He'll be playing Alex, the love interest of Lena. Kagasoff is best known for his work on The Secret Life of An American Teenager. Not my favorite TV show nor my favorite actor so I'm going to leave it to twitter to be excited for me.
Pumped about the delirium news. @darenkagasoff. Here we go. #Delirium
— Gregg Sulkin (@greggsulkin) February 26, 2013
DELIRIUM CASTING NEWS: ALEX!!! - The rumors are true! AND I'M SO EXCITED! I think Daren is a really thoughtfu… tmblr.co/ZY57Uve-l8_M
— Lauren Oliver (@OliverBooks) February 26, 2013
Thank you to all my fans. #Delirium #AlexSheathes #FOX #thehollywoodreporter instagr.am/p/WLEbcGR9FC/
— Daren Kagasoff (@DarenKagasoff) February 25, 2013
Two more actors have been cast in the FOX pilot. Billy Campbell (The 4400) will play Thomas Fineman. Described as "With laser-white teeth and a John Boehner tan, he is the head of a lobbying organization called Deliria Free America who supports the use of the brain modification that prevents citizens from falling in love and leads to a peaceful, ordered society." Corey Reynolds landed the role as "Lawrence Task, the strategic, authoritative, no-BS leader in the budding Resistance movement."
Beyond casting, here's the BIG NEWS! Zap2It got their hands on a script and compared it to the the book. So here's where the TV show will diverge from the book:
“In the novels, Julian is a character introduced in the second book, "Pandemonium." His father is a public figure, leading the DFA -- Deliria-Free America -- cause against the Invalids. In the proposed television series, Julian is introduced right off the bat, as a sickly young man who lives next door to Lena's best friend, Hana, and is confused by his powerful attraction to her, though she's not particularly interested. Yes -- Julian and Hana.”
“In the novels, Lena's mother's suicide makes Lena long for the cure and fear the dangers of love. In the pilot, it's actually Lena's father who she believes died because he was infected with "Deliria." When she learns some shocking revelations about what actually happened to him, she's driven to take drastic measures."
A change from a mother to a father isn't that big of a deal, but I actually question why make the change at all. Is it because they want to diverge from The Hunger Games which had a mother-daughter thing going on? Really odd, but I don't think it'll hurt the adaptation.
“The pilot introduces a new character, Ren, another Invalid who is Alex's best friend. Though Alex falls hard and fast for Lena, he's oblivious to the fact that Ren's feelings for him go beyond friendship. She's a key part of the Invalid's plan to resist the DFA, and ultimately goes undercover to infiltrate the government she's planning to revolt against."
Here's my opinion on new characters with TV adaptations...YES! I know some die-hard Delirium fans will be throwing stones at me, but even if I read the book I would be rooting for this change. TV adaptations are different than movies. They have to expand the books a lot more. We're talking about 22 episodes here! That's 22 hours! You can't fit one book into an entire season. There will be changes. Adding characters is a good thing. It keeps things interesting. Plus this girl sounds like she could be Chloe from Smallville. Love it!
“The first episode of the TV series actually covers the entire plot of the first book, in addition to including information about Julian and the DFA that readers didn't learn until the sequel. Of course, in order to cram all of that into 42 minutes, there are certain moments that are lost -- particularly key bonding moments between Alex and Lena, like when he took her to his home in the Wilds, and the first time she was introduced to poetry."
I'm not surprised by this move, but I think readers will be angry about this aspect more than anything. Again, it's difficult to adapt books into TV and stay true to the work. I've heard that this book leans on the slower side, so this might pick up the pacing. I don't mind it!
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Like the new casting choices? Have you read the book? What's your take on the changes? Angry? Sad? Ambivalent? Or hopeful? Sound off below!!