If you don’t already have your copy, Beyond the Red was published March 1st and is now available for you whether you prefer the digital copy or a hard copy. If you already have your copy, read it twice, and now you’re stuck in book hangover mode, fear not. We have something that will distract you from the despondency. Ava Jae has put together a dream cast for Beyond the Red! Check it out below!
Ava Jae’s Dream Cast for Beyond the Red
Along with my healthy book obsession, I am, not-so-secretly very fond of movies. So fond of movies, in fact, that before I decided to pursue an English degree instead, I did three years of college studying film-related degrees (Digital Media & Film, and Visual Effects, for the curious). So it’ll probably surprise no one that, like many other authors, I have indeed daydreamed about Beyond the Red becoming a movie.
Inevitably with these daydreams comes speculation about who would play the characters, which has always been a somewhat difficult (but fun!) question for me. Ultimately the majority of actors I settled on are too old to play teen characters, but I’m sure we can all just pretend they’re younger than they are. 🙂
So without further ado! Beyond the Red’s dream cast!
Kora: Zoe Saldana
Kora is pretty badass and Zoe Saldana has been one of my favorite lady actors for some time now—even better, she plays some pretty awesome characters in Sci-Fi movies.
Eros: Jesse Williams
For a long time I didn’t really have a real-life image counterpart for Eros in mind, but Jesse Williams fits the bill pretty nicely.
Serek: Nathan Owens
Serek kind of reminds me of a big, muscle-y teddy bear, and this picture of Nathan Owens in particular just screamed Serek to me. Sweet, but probably don’t want to mess with him, either.
Dima: Shad Moss
Dima was a difficult character to choose someone for, but this picture of Shad Moss really echoed Dima to me—serious, poised, and confident.
Jarek: Aldis Hodge
Finally, there’s Jarek. Fiercely loyal and dangerous, Jarek is a man of many layers, and I think Aldis Hodge would do him justice.
Of course, if a movie actually happened, I’d probably hope that mostly new talent was cast like Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But in terms of daydreams, this talented cast makes quite the team.
Alien queen Kora has a problem as vast as the endless crimson deserts. She’s the first female ruler of her territory in generations, but her people are rioting and call for her violent younger twin brother to take the throne. Despite assassination attempts, a mounting uprising of nomadic human rebels, and pressure to find a mate to help her rule, she’s determined to protect her people from her brother’s would-be tyrannical rule.
Eros is a rebel soldier hated by aliens and human alike for being a half-blood. Yet that doesn’t stop him from defending his people, at least until Kora’s soldiers raze his camp and take him captive. He’s given an ultimatum: be an enslaved bodyguard to Kora, or be executed for his true identity—a secret kept even from him.
When Kora and Eros are framed for the attempted assassination of her betrothed, they flee. Their only chance of survival is to turn themselves in to the high court, where revealing Eros’s secret could mean a swift public execution. But when they uncover a violent plot to end the human insurgency, they must find a way to work together to prevent genocide.