Welcome to this little exercise regarding one of my favourite Shakespeare plays.
It is no secret that I love, love, love Shakespeare’s Histories.
What might be a little unknown is that King John might be one of my favourite plays of good ole Will. To the point that I decided to try a little exercise in fancasting a potential film version (There’s no film adaptation of King John that I know of, btw).
A fancast is, to put it plainly, to imagine actors in roles and, to be honest, that’s something I’ve done with a lot of Shakespeare’s plays.
Here are at least some of the characters, so here we go (descriptions taken from the Arden Version):
KING JOHN, of England: Andrew Scott
Queen ELEANOR, Queen Mother of England, mother to King John: Helen Mirren
PRINCE HENRY, son to King John, afterwards sucessor to his father as Henry III: Charlie Vickers
BLANCHE of Castille, niece to King John: Ingrid García-Johnsson
CONSTANCE, Mother to Arthur: Olivia Colman
ARTHUR, Duke of Brittany, nephew to King John and rival to the English Throne: Angus Imrie
PHILIP the BASTARD (also known as Richard Plantagenet), half brother to Robert Fauconbridge: James Norton
KING PHILIP, of France: Benoît Magimel
Lewis, the DAUPHIN, son to King Philip: Ben Hardy
While there are a few roles left to fancast, I think I left a lot covered here. What do you think about the cast? Any suggestions for the ones left?