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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Jane Austen's Emma goes Spanish! | A Dream Cast from Ana!

I love a good dream cast — partly because films rarely seem to get it just right (prizing known-names over spot-on casting) and partly (mostly) because I like seeing how other readers' visions of beloved characters either matches or differs from my own — and today's post is just that! It's an even more enjoyable one for me because I prefer to see actors I'm not familiar with in a dream cast (for the bulk of roles, anyway), so that my idea of them isn't tainted by what else I know them from, and I can really analyze how I think they fit the character. Because Ana of My Vices & Weaknesses focused on finding an all-Spanish cast for her dream Emma reboot, I'm by and large unfamiliar with them and can let my analytical dream castiness streak run wild!Check out her picks below, and share some of your own in the comments!
(And make sure to visit Ana's blog, where you can find lots and lots of good JAFF when AIA is over and you still need a fix!)

Jane Austen's Emma goes Spanish!
Trying to cast Spanish actors and actresses for Emma
Emma is for some people one of the best novels by Jane Austen. However, I have not found yet the awesomeness that some declare it has. One of my faults may be that I have just read it once but I have to say that I enjoy the film adaptations and TV series. Above all I love Romola Garai in the role of Emma as she portrays the rich and capricious only child that has everything she needs and wants and yet she has to meddle with other people's life. I think Emma is a good book to teach that we cannot be the gods and interfere in people's endeavours as we please. Having said that, we need to remember that we usually help and advise friends, and that's a good role in our life; nevertheless being the matchmaker following mainly our own opinions is not a good occupation... and that's what Emma, the main character does until she realises her possible loss and the consequences of her meddlesome ways.
Here you have the actors and actresses in the role of Emma Woodhouse and Mr. Knightley of three adaptations that I enjoy.
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Image result for emma gwyneth paltrow jeremy northam cast
Romola Garai and Jonny Lee Miller (2009)
Mark Strong and Kate Beckinsale (1996)
Gwyneth Patrol and Jeremy Northam (1996)

In addition, you can find below Jane Fairfax and Frank Churchill:
Image result for emma frank churchill jane fairfax rupert evans laura pyper cast
Image result for emma frank churchill jane fairfax
Image result for emma frank churchill jane fairfax
Laura Pyper and Rupert Evans (2009)
Olivia Williams and Raymond Coulthard (1996)
Ewan McGregor and Polly Walker (1996)

I would like you to share your opinion about these three adaptations and their casting. However, what I would like most is to know what do you think about my possible casting for Emma, I have tried to choose actors and actresses that you may not know as they are Spanish; I am giving you two options for each character and you could vote for your best option. I have to say that it is for me somehow difficult to choose non-Anglo-Saxon actors and actresses to do the role of a British characters.
I am going to point out that all the cast for the three variations mentioned above have quite different characters so I hope you do not feel that my choices are totally wrong, as I am trying to do my best to make a nice post and also make you think of your favourite cast.
Without further delay, here you have my casting for these four characters from Jane Austen's Emma:
Emma Woodhouse could be one of these actresses:
Amaia Salamancaamaia salamanca                     marta hazas Marta Hazas

Mr. Knightley could be played by:
  alberto san juan Alberto San Juan                          Gustavo Salmeróngustavo salmeron

We could cast these two actresses as Jane Fairfax:
veronica echegui                      paula echevarria
                        Verónica Echegui                                                             Paula Echevarría

Lastly, we can think of the possible cast for the role of Frank Churchill:
eduardo noriega                                             felix gomez
Eduardo Noriega                                                                                     Félix Gómez

What do you think? Do you like any of my choices? Do you have other choices that in your opinion may suit better these characters?

Sources of the pictures from the films are below. The pictures of the actors and actresses have their own link to the source.
Emma Woodhouse and Mr. Knightley
Frank Churchill and Jane Fairfax

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  1. Howdy, Ana!

    I'm like Misty in that your cast is all new to me. I have images in my mind after reading the stories and your picks for each role fit well with what I picture especially if they were in costume. Maybe we need an all-Spanish edition of Emma to have the best movie adaption ever. :)

    1. I didn't realize you have a blog. I'll have to drop by some time. :)

  2. Thank you Sophia Rose. It is not really easy to find Spanish actors in costume, mainly because they do not tend to do English literature performances, so it makes the choosing more difficult. However, as I know them, I like to compare and give new faces to lovely Jane Austen's characters. Thanks for following my blog, I hope you like it.

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