Fan Casting: ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’

Amanda Velez

If you haven’t read Sarah J. Maas new adult series,  A Court of Thorns and Roses, then you need to drop what you’re doing, go to the nearest bookstore, and buy it right now. 

The book is essentially a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Feyre, a human huntress, is sentenced to live at the Spring Court as restitution for killing a faerie. There she is the guest of Tamlin and his courtier, Lucien. Our heroine winds up falling in love with Tamlin, but before they can be together, she must break the curse placed upon him by the evil Amarantha. With the help of Rhysand, another one of Amarantha’s victims, Feyre sets out to complete three tasks in order to break the spell.

The book itself is 432 pages long and each page is jam-packed with intrigue, romance, and magic. I devoured it in one sitting and was super excited when I learned that it would soon become a movie. The movie rights for ACOTAR were recently optioned by Tempo Productions.

As of right now no actors or actresses have been linked to the project. But as I am an avid fan of the series (and Sarah J. Maas), I’ve put together a list of those I’d like to see cast as the main characters.

Chloe Grace Moretz as Feyre


The heroine of the story, Feyre, is described as being stubborn and cold but, as the story progresses, her personality changes into one of warmth and determination. She is also handy with a bow and an avid painter. Chloe Grace Moretz would be perfect for this role as she’s had previous experience playing both strong (Kick Ass 2) and creative women (If I Stay). Plus, have you seen her wield a butterfly knife?

Cam Gigandet as Tamlin


Tamlin, High Lord of the Spring Court, isn’t exactly Prince Charming. He has a short temper and rarely shows his softer side (except to Feyre). He is described as having a warrior’s body and has the ability to shapeshift. Cam Gigandet already has the physique part down and has previously played the brooding male type in Burlesque. Acting like a temperamental man-child shouldn’t be hard for him, as he previously played one in Never Back Down.

Simon Woods as Lucien


Lucien, Emissary to the Spring Court, is sarcastic and makes up for his scarred face with his winning personality. He is also Tamlin’s right-hand man. You may remember Simon Woods from 2005’s Pride and Prejudice. While he hasn’t appeared in any movies recently, I think ACOTAR would be the perfect opportunity for him to be reintroduced to Hollywood and give him a chance to play a different character than the easily manipulated Mr. Bingley.

Colin O’Donoghue as Rhysand


Rhysand, High Lord of the Night Court, tends to grow on you despite seeming arrogant and aloof. He was enslaved and used by Amarantha to do her dirty work. Colin O’Donoghue is currently on Once Upon A Time as Hook, a similarly misunderstood character. Both have more to them than meets the eye, and O’Donoghue has already proven that he knows how to play a many layered character. Plus, Rhysand is described often as “sensual” and Colin, well…need I say more?

Karen Gillan as Amarantha


Amarantha, High Lady of Prythian, is the bestower of the curse on Tamlin and the enslaver of the faeries. She takes pleasure in inflicting pain and manipulates others for her own amusement. Karen Gillan most recently played the villain Nebula in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and proved wrong those who claimed that she’d forever be seen only as Doctor Who’s Amelia Pond. I have faith that she could just as easily make Amarantha a household name if given the chance. 

Currently, there is no set release date for the movie, but we’ll keep you posted. Until then be sure to pick up the ACOTAR sequel,  A Court of Mist and Fury, which was released this past Tuesday.

Amanda Velez
Amanda is a Community Development Representative at Fandom. She goes through books faster than she can buy them.
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