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Casting the Œdipus Trilogy
Œdipus Rex

ŒDIPUS, King of Thebes – Hugh Jackman
CREON, brother of Jocasta – Russel Crowe
TEIRESIAS, a soothsayer – Morgan Freeman
JOCASTA, wife of Œdipus – Lena Olin
late KING LAIUS (present in flashbacks) – Viggo Mortensen


Œdipus At Colonus

OEDIPUS: banished King of Thebes – Hugh Jackman
ANTIGONE: his daughter – Kate Winslet
ISMENE: his daughter – Rosamund Pike
THESEUS: King of Athens – Liam Neeson
CREON brother of Jocasta now reigning at Thebes – Russel Crowe
POLYNEICES: elder son of Oedipus – Hayden Christensen


Antigone

ANTIGONE – Kate Winslet
ISMENE – Rosamund Pike
CREON King of Thebes – Russel Crowe
EURYDICE his wife – Cate Blanchett
HAEMON his son and Antigones fiance –  Josh Harnett
TEIRESIAS the blind prophet – Morgan Freeman

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r0ck3tsci3ntist From: r0ck3tsci3ntist Date: March 1st, 2007 01:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like it! Not sure kate is young enough to play Jackman's daughter though.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: March 1st, 2007 05:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
::sigh:: You're probably right... But they are so clever with makeup and things, these days. Perhaps they could use a younger actress for Oedipus Rex (the events are supposed to occur a great deal earlier, aren't they?) and then age Hugh and 'de-age' Kate for Oedipus in Colonus

From: bobill Date: March 1st, 2007 04:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sigh, this is when I really wish I knew actors better...

Russel Crowe would make an awesome Creon, that's for sure. Hayden as Haemon, quite cute quite cute. Hehe, you should become a brilliant director and do it!
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: March 1st, 2007 05:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was torn between Hayden as Haemon or the Twins - wondering which (Hayden or Josh) to cast as what.

I decided to interchange them. :p The idea of 2 Haydens is too good to pass up!
knight_ander From: knight_ander Date: March 2nd, 2007 01:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Sigh, this is when I really wish I knew The Classics better. :p
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: March 2nd, 2007 07:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Lol!
fialleril From: fialleril Date: March 1st, 2007 09:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Morgan Freeman as Teiresias?! *bows to your genius* I would love to see that. :D
fialleril From: fialleril Date: March 1st, 2007 09:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
EDIT: I'm also loving Liam Neeson as Theseus. :D
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: March 2nd, 2007 07:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! Now all I need is a studio...
fialleril From: fialleril Date: March 2nd, 2007 07:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Yup. :D And who knows: you might be on to something. Films based on the classics have really been in vogue lately... ;)
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: March 2nd, 2007 07:54 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd love to see Oedipus on the big screen but I truly, deeply hope they don't take it in the direction of Troy, King Arthur and Tristan/Iseult. They de-mythized them too much, tried to make them historical and real which lost so much that was vital to the stories (Morgana/Mordred, the tip of the dragon's tongue...).
fialleril From: fialleril Date: March 2nd, 2007 02:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
*sighs* That's true. King Arthur is the only one of those I actually saw. *shudders* The others I avoided on principle. But Morgana/Mordred!? *shock* Isn't there enough incest in that family already!?
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: March 2nd, 2007 03:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
NO! I didn't mean Morgana shipping Mordred. :SHOCK!: I meant the storyline of Morgana and Mordred.
fialleril From: fialleril Date: March 2nd, 2007 04:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh. Right. *blushes* Huh, apparently I have a very wicked mind. LOL.

*sniffs* Poor Mordred. He was always my favorite Arthurian character. I suppose that says a lot about me. ;)
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: March 2nd, 2007 05:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I liked Mordred too. How literally dual-natured could a character be? Son and brother in one person.
fialleril From: fialleril Date: March 2nd, 2007 05:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
And with a combination like that, how could he not have murdered Arthur? Fratricide and patricide are pretty much the oldest plot lines in history. ;)
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: March 2nd, 2007 11:21 am (UTC) (Link)
YAH!
vanimy From: vanimy Date: March 1st, 2007 11:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hayden would be better as Haemon... But Kate Winslet as Antigone? Mmmmh... No...

And I can't picture Hugh Jackman as Oedipus either. But Morgan Freeman as Teiresias? I agree, that's great!
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: March 2nd, 2007 07:47 am (UTC) (Link)
I guess it's the age thing, right? :sigh: What would you suggest? I considered Knightley as Antigone...
vanimy From: vanimy Date: March 9th, 2007 09:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mmh... Why not? It's better than Winslet in any case.
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