Any of the following may be a little too old, but they can carry youth: Adrien Brody (“ugly,” but really, remarkably beautiful, a perfect combination for such a role), Daniel Day Lewis (what can he *not* do?), Ralph Fiennes (not as keen to this, but he seems to fit our stereotype of Joseph).
For younger picks, Joaquin Phoenix or Cillian Murphy would do awesome for *either* Joseph or Brigham. Cillian often gets the villain role, but, as often is the case, putting someone of caliber in an unexpected role can prove judicious.
Josh Brolin would be *okay* but he’s too two dimensional. I like to think Brigham was as multifaceted as was Joseph, even though he is known for his more stoic, hardy side. For that matter, I *could* see Christian Bale in Brigham’s role, especially after watching 3:10 to Yuma. But no Joseph.
Emma’s a little harder. Bryce Dallas Howard has the right softness, but probably not enough character/earthiness. Miranda Otto might be a good pick (just die the hair). Better yet, Chloë Sevigny. (I know, she already plays a fringe Mormon, but she would be perfect.) (Again, die the hair.)
So yeah, fun game all right. :)]]>
Donald Sutherland is way too old.]]>
Ten Commandments is about as close as anyone’s got (though I might make the argument it was mostly about freedom, a little but about faith) I haven’t seen the Chosen. I’m sure it can be done if it had the right script but I think it really needs the right director as well. That’s a rarity, especially nowadays:)
I love that idea! Probably the best chance to help people understand]]>
Heh. It’ll make them want to finally read their copy of the Book of Mormon. (Don’t tell them it isn’t about the Joseph Smith’s Nauvoo church).
I like the idea of telling the story from an outside perspective. Perhaps, an Illinoisan who sees the invading religious group and at first balks at their beliefs, then becomes vaguely interested and credulous, and in the end disbelieving but sympathetic when the mobs attack. Maybe with a glimmer of wishing it were true.]]>
I really, really doubt it. I suspect the No on H8! folks will put out the 11 bucks for it, and that’s about it. I think the country is sick and tired of the whole subject.]]>