Mindee Arnett

The Avalon Fantasy Casting Call Giveaway


***And thanks to all who entered. Be sure to keep a look out for the final cast results coming soon***

As promised, I’m giving away another signed arc of Polaris, the sequel and conclusion to Avalon. This giveaway is international and entering is super duper easy and fun—I hope.

Here’s the skinny. I’m working on an upcoming blog post where I’m going to chose my dream cast for the Avalon movie, and I need your help! First though, let me crush your hopes in one quick blow—no there are no current plans to make Avalon into a movie. Sadly, the film rights haven’t even been optioned. But it’s never too late. And hey, an awesome space-based sci-fi that’s both funny and warmhearted smashed the box office recently so there’s always a chance Hollywood might come looking for more, right? (And if you haven’t seen Guardians of the Galaxy yet, seriously…stop everything and do that now!)

Anyway, to enter my little contest all you have to do is leave a comment below telling me who you would pick to play any (or all) of the characters in Avalon. Tell me who would make a good Jeth or Sierra. Or Lizzie, Shady, Flynn, and Celeste. Don’t forget Milton, Hammer, Daxton, and Renford as well. I would prefer recommendations for current/available actors, please. I mean, as much as a teenage Nathan Fillion would rock for Jeth, I’d rather have someone ready made to call out in this fantasy casting.

The contest will remain open until Thursday at midnight EST. I will use random.org to select the winner. One enter per person, although please feel free to comment as much as you like. I’m seriously looking for inspirations here. I will announce the winner on the blog and on twitter and FaceBook. Good luck!

p.s. If you have trouble commenting, you can enter the contest on my FaceBook page here instead:


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  1. Hi Mindee! Thanks for this awsome giveaway....this question is a taff one. Let me think about it...soooo, for me Jeth is like a reals kick-ass MC and i don´t know, but i always pictured him like some really hot dude, who may look like this actor from the tomorrow people: Steven Amell. I know that he does not fit Jeths discription that perfectly, but i really want it to be him :p So, let´s see...then we have Sierra...well i think actors can change (hair colour and stuff) but they kind of have to have the attitude i want a role to represent, so i woul pic Lily Collins. In TMI she was totally awsome and i saw a bunch of movies with her and she can rock every role you give her, so I think she might be the one. Well, for the others...guess I need more time to wrap my mind around it. Maybe I´m going to comment again, when another idea strikes :D Best regards, Tanja LOVE YOUR BOOKS! NEVER STOP WRITING! :)
    • Oh, these are awesome! I love Lily Collins. I will have to check out Steven Amell. And I promise I won't ever stop writing by choice :)
  2. Testing the comments.
  3. Lizzie - Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) I think she'd do Lizzie justice! As for Jeth, I couldn't decide so here's a few - Dave Franco, Josh Hutcherson, Logan Lerman, or Sam Claflin *I think all of these guys could pull off Jeth's attitude & humor.
    • Love these suggestions. Maisie Williams is getting a lot of call out. Thank you!
  4. Okay so, first off, thank you for the incredible giveaway! Avalon is one of my favourite Sci-Fis out there and I CANNOT wait for this release! Secondly, my cast is not accounting for hair colour because that can be changed. Milton : Jared Harris :) I kind of just pictured him like this, I also loved his depiction of Moriarty in the Sherlock Holmes movies and I think he would do him justice :) Hammer - Danny Devito :) Because as I said in my review on my youtube channel, Hammer reminded me of a more intelligent version of Matilda's father and I loved Danny Devito as Mr.Wormwood haha Shady - Will Poulter. just thought of him immediately, I'm not even completely sure why, I just think that he would do Shady justice, who, by the way, was my favourite character Celeste- Odeya Rush. I loved her in the Giver and I think she would make the perfect Celeste. I think her full lips and sexy eyes are kind of how I imagined Celeste looking :) Lizzie - Maisie Williams. I think she is kind of cute looking and definitely a great actress and I think she could definitely pull off just the right amount of innocence, intelligence and kick-buttness that Lizzie needs. Flynn - Dylan O'Brien. I love him in Teen Wolf, which is an extreme guilty pleasure for me, and I think him and Will Poulter, having now worked together in the Maze Runner, could pull of the Shady-Flynn comic-relief of the story :) Jeth- Now we have Jeth. I have thought long and hard about who I want to play Jeth because I have mentioned in many of my videos, Avalon is my number one book I want to be made into a movie. I have gone through any and all actors I could think of. I finally decided on Thomas McDonell from the 100. In that Sci-Fi show he plays a leader figure who is excellent at taking charge. I think Thomas could also pull off Jeth's sense of humour and his relationship with the crew. As for the rest of the characters, I don't really have anything in mind, but since this was the main crew of Avalon plus the Antagonist, this is my main dream cast! I hope you like it :)
    • Okay so I am back with the rest of the cast. Vince - Nat Wolff. I think he will be able to play the almost reserved, over protective character really well. I really like him in The Fault in Our Stars and I think he would be a god choice for Vince Sierra - Chloe Moretz. I believe over the past couple of years Chloe Moretz has grown as an actress and I am 100% positive she could play the clever, conniving, protective, kick-butt character that is Sierra. Cora - Willow Shields. I think Willow Shields plays Prim wonderfully and that Cora and Prim share many qualities, mainly their innocence and their naivety. Renford - Benedict Cumberbatch. If I am honest, I am always looking to put Benedict Cumberbatch into any dream cast, but I do genuinely think he could play Renford. I love him as the bad guy in Star Trek and think he could definitely pull of the calm demeanour and evil wit that Renford has. Daxton - Christ Pratt. Because Star Lord. Okay I'm done now :)
      • I LOVE all your suggestions. Especially Benedict Cumberbatch. I am the same way--I want him everything. And I adore the idea of Chris Pratt as Dax. I was leaning toward Jensen Ackles, but now I'm not so sure. Pratt would definitely own that character. Thank you so much for your suggestions and your support :)
        • Thank you! Jensen Ackles! I hadn't even thought of him! He is a great choice though! Can't wait for more books from you in the future!
  5. Hmmm, I'm really out of touch with young actors myself, so I've been looking around websites to see who I'd see as a good Jeth, and I came upon this young man called Jeremy Sumpter and his brooding look in the photo made me think he might play a good Jeb! http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0838911/ And the only other one that gave me the right vibe was Niamh Wilson for Lizzie! http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1509081/ Thank you so much for making this giveaway available internationally!! You're awesome Mindee!!
  6. Ooh...this is tough! I kind of pictured Jeth how Dylan O'Brien looks in The Maze Runner. I always imagined Sierra as Olivia Holt, but the other characters I never really had a specific actor picked out for. I'll have to think more about this and come back later. Thanks for the giveaway!!
    • Oh, Olivia Holt looks perfect for Sierra. I'll have to see her in action. Thanks for the suggestion.!
  7. Thanks for the amazing giveaway! I could see Jake Abel as Jeth :)
    • I love this suggestion! Especially with his connection to Supernatural--one of my all time favorite shows. Thanks for entering!
  8. _Sandra_
    It's always so hard to pick the right actor that will do justice to a certain book character, but here're some of my suggestions: * Jeth - I can totally picture Tyler Hoechlin (Teen Wolf) or Bob Morley (The 100) * Lizzie - I agree that Maisie Williams would be on the spot. My other favorites are Macenzie Foy and Kiernan Shipka * Hammer - I adore Christoph Waltz and think he would be perfect for this role. Michael Ironside would be good choice as well. Thanks for the giveaway! :)
    • These are great! I especially love the idea of Michael Ironside as Hammer. He would also make a good Renford, maybe. Thanks for the suggestion.
  9. Thank you so so much for this giveaway Mindee. <3 You are the best. And I would love to win so bad. Ack. But omg. I am NOT good at fancasting :( Not at all. I don't picture any kind of actor while reading books. None at all. But, hah, I want Robert Pattinson to play all my bookish boys. <3 but sniffs. He has gotten a bit too old for it. Damn it. So then I tried google. And omg. I found this really cute boy. And I'm nominating Asher Book for Jeth :D Just look at this: http://bit.ly/1tvTJv6 SO CUTE :) Love, Carina (Does this count? Or must I fancast more than one? <3)
  10. Natalie
    Oh gosh, this is hard. These are who I picture though, some may be far fetched XD Jeth= Cameron Dallas or Eddie Redmayne (that may be because I love him a lot, but nonetheless), oh oh or Matt Lanter Lizzie= I also agree with Maisie Williams. That would be ideal. Sierra= Can I say Shailene Woodley? Has she been overused yet? I just really like her and I think she could match Sierra's role. Renford= Mark Strong. He''s always a bad guy and he's British, so yeah, it'd be ideal. Awesome giveaway! THANK YOU Also, I just saw your tweet about you not being on social media for a while and I'm sorry! I hope things pick up for you :D
    • Oh my goodness, Mark Strong would be awesome as Renford! I love him. Thanks so much for the suggestion.
  11. Aaron Walley
    I absolutely loved reading Avalon and I am currently on the 14th chapter of Polaris which I'm starting to like even more than Avalon. I decided I'd make my own little contribution to this fan cast and I'd select Woody Harrelson as Milton. Due to his performance as a Mentor in the Hunger Games series and also portraying an alcoholic (similar to Milton's character) I think he'd be an excellent choice. Also for Hammer I'd choose Bruce Willis because I think he'd be able to fit Hammer's stone-hard demeanor. For Dax, I'd choose Jeremy Renner. In his portrayals as Hawkeye in the Avengers and Aaron Cross in The Bourne Legacy he was a soldier/spy and he has a great since of humor which perfectly fits Dax's persona. And since you are concluding the Avalon series, could keep writing more Sci Fi books 😁.
    • I love all these choices so much! Thank you for reading. I'm glad to hear you're enjoying the books. I do have another sci-fi currently in the works. I can't talk it about yet, but I anticipate good things to share in the coming months. Be sure to stick around for updates by signing up for the newsletter.
  12. secret
    I love the book so much and I just wish there was more thank you so much for the amazing book