Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Dream Cast of Characters for Dark Side of Valor

Dark Side of Valor 
About the Book:
Child advocate Lelia Freeman saves children for a living. As the director of ChildSafe Shelters, she ventures to abandoned squats and crackhouses to rescue teens from the hellish streets of Los Angeles. When she is summoned to Washington to serve on a committee that aids the children of a war-torn African nation, Lelia is kidnapped and becomes a political pawn in a sinister conspiracy. Oceans away from everything she knows, she must trust a mercenary to save her life, or die in the clutches of a psychopath.
Hunting, combat and staying alive are Elijah Dune’s specialties. Vengeance is his passion. Haunted by past demons, he’s travels to the Motherland to collect a debt. A debt that demands one payment. Death.

Caught in the crosshairs of a madman, Lelia and Elijah must survive the jungles of Zaire and the horrors of their pasts to be forever consumed by the DARK SIDE OF VALOR.

Dream Cast of Actors for Dark Side of Valor

I’ve always envisioned Dark Side of Valor as a movie.  Even before I typed a scene, I sat still, closed my eyes and watched the characters act out the plot in my mind’s eye then I’d tape record what I was seeing.  Once Dark Side of Valor comes to the big screen, (gotta have faith) this 5 year labor of love would need an all-star cast to bring it to life.  Here are my thoughts on who should play the characters of Dark Side of Valor.

Lelia Freeman:  A tough, street-smart champion for the most vulnerable victims, she’s imprisoned by the ghosts of her past.  -  The best actress to portray Lelia is Thandie Newton. Her characterizations are flawless.  From a homeless single mom, to a sinister specter, from a runaway slave to The Secretary of State, each of her portrayals is incredible.

Actor Thandie Newton  

 Elijah Dune:  A mercenary with a haunting secret.  -  The best actor to portray Elijah is Jeffery Wright.  He’s brilliant and one of the most underrated geniuses in Hollywood and Broadway.  Whatever role he takes on, he morphs into that persona seamlessly.
Jeffrey Wright

Ma Ella:  The matriarch of Cornerstone Baptist Church, she is Lelia’s saving grace.  -  The best actress to portray Ma Ella is Cicely Tyson, of course.  An acting legend, she is what I envisioned when I dreamt of Ma Ella.
Cicely Tyson
Zeek:  The vilest of predators, he can change his persona to fit any devious circumstance.  -  The actor best suited for this role is Terrence Howard.  He’s an incredible talent and he can portray a very good bad guy.
 Thero:  A soulless henchman, to cross him could be fatal.  -  Two words sum up this character; Lester Speight.  I went to high school with Lester.  Besides his wonderful acting talent, his height and size match Thero’s characteristics perfectly.

Marcellus Dupree:  Elijah’s cousin and comrade.  He’s a charming mercenary with a passion for justice.  -  When I envision this Creole charmer, Tyrese Gibson comes to mind.  When he acts out an emotionally volatile scene, you can feel the character’s rage, but when he smiles, the sun dims.  He’s the perfect choice to play Marcellus.

President Marwain Boll Deng:  A cunning contradiction.  To the world, he’s a hero.  To his people, he’s a monster.  -  I’ve see Idris Elba masterfully portray very calm, sedate characters  and very volatile, explosive characters.  President Deng’s character embodies both, which makes Idris the perfect choice.

Seeing Dark Side of Valor on the big screen or as a made for TV movie would be a dream come true.  Literally.  The story has played on the screens of my mind hundreds of times and soon, I pray, will play on a big screen or television near you. 

Author Alicia Singleton
About the Author:
Born and raised in Philadelphia, the Howard University graduate embraced the written word at an early age. She credits this to her loving, older sister whom, while they were youngsters, made the author eat lotion on a regular basis. Realizing the need to sound-out the ingredients on the lotion label, Alicia stopped the lotion-eating practice, but continued to read the labels of the concoctions her sister brought for her to try. This early necessity to read flowered to a passion; hence, a writer was born.The award winning author resides in Maryland with her wonderful husband and son.  Still an avid reader, label or otherwise, Alicia is hard at work completing her next suspense novel.Her latest book is the suspense novel, Dark Side of Valor.

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