If you are looking for a new fantasy novel / series, look no further than The Name of the Wind
by Patrick Rothfuss. I won't bother you with a complete review; that's not the purpose of this post. But I will tell you that it's a well crafted novel and well worth the read. If you haven't read the book, this post will make little sense to you, so go buy the book and read it before you read this post. Don't worry, I'll wait for you.
Welcome back! As I said, the purpose of this post is not to provide a review of the book, but to do what every fanboy must do for a new favorite novel: list a Fantasy Cast. And so without further ado, here's my incomplete fantasy actor list in order of as I thought of it:
-- I honestly picture him when I try to picture Kvothe. He'd have to be less goofy in the movie than in his other major roles as Ron, Ron, Ron, Ron, Ron, Ron, Ron and Ron. Ok, so he's done some other stuff too, but you have to admit he's kinda stuck in the role. This would be his breakaway chance. I think Rupert is up to the task.
-- Nobody charms as well as Anne.
-- I mean, come on, it's obvious, isn't it?
-- He and Rupert just go together after 8 movies together, except now it's time for Harry to be the sidekick. Yes, I wrote 8. It turns out that Deathly Hallows will be split into two movies
. Hadn't you heard?
-- The absolutely perfect cameo. I dunno if I'd have him direct, though. If Joss directed, Kvothe would end up killed off halfway through the movie. I dunno how he'd do it, but you know that if anyone can pull it off such that one man is telling the story of his own death to another person while still being very much alive, it'd be Joss Whedon.
-- Another great cameo. He and Joss just go hand-in-hand in a totally not gay but that'd still be ok way.
-- Another great Whedonesque cameo. Plus, she can totally pull off sweet insane Auri.
-- He's just so good at being the bad guy!
-- Others would probably put Ian McKellan into this role; why not Gandalf to play the stereotypical mentor? But I think Ian Holm fits the role better. He's just got a talent for that distracted but shrewd feel I get from Abenthy.
Niel Patrick Harris
-- Straight from his role as the villian?-ish? Dr. Horrible
, Neil Patrick Harris would add a certain j'ne sais quois to the character.