My "Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol" casting suggestions

by Rowan DeRaven | created - 20 Jan 2011 | updated - 15 Jun 2011 | Public

If I were a casting director...

1. Tom Hanks

Producer | Cast Away

Thomas Jeffrey Hanks was born in Concord, California, to Janet Marylyn (Frager), a hospital worker, and Amos Mefford Hanks, an itinerant cook. His mother's family, originally surnamed "Fraga", was entirely Portuguese, while his father was of mostly English ancestry. Tom grew up in what he has ...

Robert Langdon

2. Kate Walsh

Actress | The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Kate Walsh was born in San Jose, California, on October 13, 1967. She grew up partly in San Jose and partly in Tucson, Arizona, later attending the University of Arizona, where she got involved in regional theater. She later moved to Chicago where she began working with the Piven Theatre Workshop ...

Katherine Solomon (option 1) - too young?

3. Catherine Keener

Actress | Capote

Catherine Keener is an American actress, Oscar-nominated for her roles in the independent films Being John Malkovich (1999) and Capote (2005). Acclaimed in her community for her quirky roles in independent film and mainstream such as The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Keener got her start as a casting ...

Katherine Solomon (option 2)

4. Sharon Stone

Actress | Basic Instinct

Sharon Yvonne Stone was born and raised in Meadville, a small town in Pennsylvania, to Dorothy Marie (Lawson), an accountant and homemaker, and Joseph William Stone II, a factory worker. Her father was strict. She was the second of four children, and has English, German, Scottish, and Irish ...

Katherine Solomon (option 3)

5. Bruce Boxleitner

Actor | Babylon 5

As one of Hollywood's leading men, Bruce Boxleitner has starred in a major motion picture franchise, numerous feature films, several popular television series, produced a major network film and TV series, performed on Broadway, and authored two science fiction novels.

Boxleitner received his formal ...

Peter Solomon (option 1)

6. Mark Harmon

Actor | NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service

Thomas Mark Harmon was born in Burbank, California on September 2, 1951 to football player and broadcaster Tom Harmon and actress Elyse Knox (née Kornbrath). Harmon played college football and found success as one of TV's hunkiest actors. While many of his roles have relied on good looks, Harmon ...

Peter Solomon (option 2)

7. Treat Williams

Actor | Hair

Richard Treat Williams was born in Rowayton, Connecticut, to Marian (Andrew), who dealt in antiques, and Richard Norman Williams, a corporate executive. Educated at prep-school, he first made a serious commitment to his craft during his days at Pennsylvania's Franklin and Marshall College. Working ...

Peter Solomon (option 3)

8. Brett Cullen

Actor | Ghost Rider

Brett Cullen was born on August 26, 1956 in Houston, Texas, USA as Peter Brett Cullen. He is known for his work on Ghost Rider (2007), The Dark Knight Rises (2012) and Person of Interest (2011). He is married to Michele Little. They have one child.

Peter Solomon (option 4)

9. Stellan Skarsgård

Actor | Good Will Hunting

Stellan Skarsgård was born in Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden, to Gudrun (Larsson) and Jan Skarsgård. He became a star in his teens through the title role in the TV-series Bombi Bitt och jag (1968). Between the years 1972-88 he was employed at The Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, where...

Peter Solomon (option 5)

10. Goran Visnjic

Actor | The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Goran Visnjic is a Croatian American actor and producer, born in Sibenik, Croatia. He is married to Eva Visnjic (formerly Ivana Vrdoljak) with whom has three children. From an early age Visnjic started appearing in various theater plays. At the age of 16, he had his screen debut in the film Braca ...

Mal'akh (option 1)

11. Jeremy Davidson

Director | Tickling Leo

Jeremy Davidson was born on December 24, 1971 in Vestal, New York, USA as Jeremy Michael Greenberg. He is an actor, known for Tickling Leo (2009), Salt (2010) and Windtalkers (2002). He has been married to Mary Stuart Masterson since 2006. They have four children. He was previously married to Shari...

Mal'akh (option 2)

12. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

Actor | Game of Thrones

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau was born on July 27, 1970 in Rudkøbing, Denmark. He is an actor and producer, known for Game of Thrones (2011), Oblivion (2013) and Gods of Egypt (2016). He has been married to Nukâka since 1998. They have two children.

Mal'akh (option 3)

13. Alexander Skarsgård

Actor | True Blood

Alexander Johan Hjalmar Skarsgård was born in Stockholm, Sweden and is the eldest son of famed actor Stellan Skarsgård. Among his siblings are actors Gustaf Skarsgård, Bill Skarsgård, and Valter Skarsgård. For most of his formative years, his father was an acclaimed actor in Europe but had not yet ...

Mal'akh (option 4) - too young, but...

14. Linda Hunt

Actress | The Year of Living Dangerously

Veteran character actress Linda Hunt was Born April 2, 1945 in Morristown, New Jersey to Raymond Davy Hunter and Elsie Doying Hunter. She attended the Interlochen Arts Academy, and the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago (now part of DePaul University). Her film debut was in Robert Altman's Popeye (...

Inoue Sato

15. Shizuko Hoshi

Actress | Memoirs of a Geisha

Shizuko Hoshi is an actress, known for Memoirs of a Geisha (2005), M. Butterfly (1993) and M*A*S*H (1972). She was previously married to Mako.

Inoue Sato (option 2)

16. Lance Reddick

Actor | John Wick

Lance Reddick was born in 1962 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for John Wick (2014), John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) and White House Down (2013). He has been married to Stephanie Day since June 2011.

Warren Bellamy

17. Morgan Freeman

Actor | Se7en

With an authoritative voice and calm demeanor, this ever popular American actor has grown into one of the most respected figures in modern US cinema. Morgan was born on June 1, 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee, to Mayme Edna (Revere), a teacher, and Morgan Porterfield Freeman, a barber. The young Freeman...

Warren Bellamy (option 2)

18. James Earl Jones

Actor | Rogue One

James Earl Jones was born on January 17, 1931 in Arkabutla, Mississippi, USA. At an early age, he started to take dramatic lessons to calm himself down. It appeared to work as he has since starred in many films over a 40-year period, beginning with the Stanley Kubrick classic Dr. Strangelove or: ...

Warren Bellamy (option 3)

19. Hal Holbrook

Actor | Into the Wild

Hal Holbrook is an Emmy- and Tony-Award winning actor who is one of the great craftsman of stage and screen. He is best known for his performance as Mark Twain, for which he won a Tony and the first of his ten Emmy Award nominations. Aside from the stage, Holbrook made his reputation primarily on ...

Reverend Colin Galloway

20. Kirsten Vangsness

Actress | Criminal Minds

While Kirsten is best known as the bespectacled-brainiac-tech-kitten Penelope Garcia on the CBS hit drama Criminal Minds (2005)(and its spin-off Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior), she has had a long and varied career prior to joining the cast of the hit CBS series. Stage appearances include Perfuct...

Trish Dunne (option 1)

21. Nikki Blonsky

Actress | Hairspray

Nikki Blonsky was born on November 9, 1988 in Great Neck, New York, USA as Nicole Margaret Blonsky. She is an actress, known for Hairspray (2007), Geography Club (2013) and This Is 40 (2012).

Trish Dunne (option 2)

22. Pauley Perrette

Actress | NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service

Pauley Perrette is known to millions around the world as "Abby Sciuto", the brilliant but offbeat forensic scientist on CBS' NCIS (2003), the #1-rated drama in the world. Her additional credits include appearances on such shows as Almost Famous (2000), The Ring (2002), 24 (2001), CSI: Crime Scene ...

Nola Kaye (option 1)

23. Autumn Reeser

Actress | Sully

Autumn Reeser is an American actress born in Southern California to Kim and Tom Reeser. She and her younger sister, Melissa, were raised in Carlsbad and Oceanside in a home that valued and respected the arts. Melissa became a prolific writer/poet and Autumn performed in numerous musicals with the ...

Nola Kaye (option 2)

24. Donal Logue

Actor | Blade

Donal Logue's versatility and talent makes him one of the most well respected and beloved actors today. Born in Ottawa, Canada, Logue moved all over the United States, from the Boston area as an infant to various towns on the Mexican border. He returned to Boston to attend Harvard University, where...

Trent Anderson

25. Shane West

Actor | A Walk to Remember

Shane West was born Shannon Bruce Snaith in 1978 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the son of Leah (Launey), a lawyer, and Don Snaith, a drugstore owner. Shane began to pursue an acting career at the age of fifteen, gaining bit parts on various television shows, but it was not until 1999 when West ...

Turner Simkins