Casting C.S. Lewis's "That Hideous Strength"

by SweetHotAngel | created - 01 Aug 2012 | updated - 01 Aug 2012 | Public

Here's my ideas for casting the last book in Lewis's mythic/science fiction trilogy.

1. Carey Mulligan

Actress | Never Let Me Go

Carey Hannah Mulligan is a British actress. She was born May 28, 1985, in Westminster, London, England, to Nano (Booth), a university lecturer, and Stephen Mulligan, a hotel manager. Her mother is from Llandeilo, Wales, and Carey also has Irish and English ancestry.

Her first major appearance was ...

Jane Studdock, our young hero, the wife of Mark. She is in search for herself, also pulled in two directions, between being a modernistic secular woman or finding meaning in her mystic dreams.

2. Ben Barnes

Actor | The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

British actor Benjamin Thomas Barnes was born in London, England, to Patricia (Becker), a relationship therapist, and Thomas Barnes, a professor of psychiatry. He has a brother, Jack. His mother is from South Africa while his father is English.

Barnes studied at Homefield Preparatory and King's ...

Mark Studdock, our other young hero, a senior fellow at Bracton College at the University of Edgestow. He is pulled in two directions, towards the N.I.C.E. by his ambition and towards something else, something wholesome and normal he comes to call the "Straight" and it is all summed up in his wife, Jane.

3. Pauline Collins

Actress | Shirley Valentine

Pauline Collins, OBE, came to prominence with portraying Sarah Moffat in BBC's Upstairs, Downstairs (1971) and its spin-off Thomas and Sarah (1979) during the 1970s. After having played the title-role in the play "Shirley Valentine" for which she earned Laurence Olivier, Tony, and Drama Desk awards...

Margaret "Mother" Dimble, the wife of Jane's graduate student studies tudor, who takes Jane under her wing, is serious about her dreams and takes her to the community at St. Anne's to meet the Director.

4. Hugh Grant

Actor | Love Actually

Hugh Grant, one of Britain's best known faces, has been equally entertaining on-screen as well as in real life, and has had enough sense of humor to survive a media frenzy. He is known for his roles in Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), with Andie MacDowell, Notting Hill (1999), opposite Julia ...

Dick Devine, Lord Feverstone. A rich, powerful ne'er-do-well, who recruits Mark to join the N.I.C.E., the National Institute for Co-ordinated Experiments and takes him to their organization at Belbury.

5. Emily Blunt

Actress | Edge of Tomorrow

Emily Olivia Leah Blunt is a British actress known for her roles in The Devil Wears Prada (2006), The Young Victoria (2009), Edge of Tomorrow (2014), and The Girl on the Train (2016), among many others.

Blunt was born on February 23, 1983, in Roehampton, South West London, England, the second of ...

Camilla Denniston, old friend of Jane's and first person she meets at St. Anne's. She welcomes her and makes her feel at home.

6. Malcolm McDowell

Actor | A Clockwork Orange

Malcolm John Taylor was born on June 13, 1943 in Leeds, England, to working-class parents Edna (McDowell), a hotelier, and Charles Taylor, a publican. His father was an alcoholic. Malcolm hated his parents' ways. His father was keen to send his son to private school to give him a good start in life...

John Withers, the Deputy Director of N.I.C.E. who interacts with the Macrobes and seems often to not be there. He basically ignores Mark when Mark arrives at Belbury.

7. Jane Leeves

Actress | Frasier

Jane Leeves has made her mark in the entertainment world, acting in television, theater and film over the past 20 years.

She is most famous for her role as "Daphne" in the award-winning show "Frasier" (1993-2004). Leeves played one of the five main characters of the sitcom, a live-in caretaker hired...

Dr. Grace Ironwood, a stern psychologist at the community of St. Anne's who works with Jane and her dreams.

8. Jeremy Irons

Actor | Dead Ringers

British actor Jeremy Irons was born in Cowes, Isle of Wight, a small island off the south coast of England. He is the son of Barbara Anne Brereton (Sharpe) and Paul Dugan Irons, an accountant. Young Jeremy didn't prove very fond of figures. He visited mainland England only once a year. He wound up ...

Professor Augustus Frost, a psychologist, Wither's assistant and the only other N.I.C.E. member who knows what the Macrobes are. He is cold and precise.

9. Billy Connolly

Actor | Brave

Billy Connolly was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland. He left school to work in the shipyards becoming a welder and joined the Territorial Army (in the parachute regiment) at around the same time. He developed an interest in folk music, eventually becoming an accomplished banjo player and a ...

Andrew MacPhee, a skeptical Scot, who despite his rejection of religious beliefs in favor of science and rationalism, is a member of the St. Anne's community and devoted to the Director.

10. John Cleese

Actor | A Fish Called Wanda

John Cleese was born on October 27, 1939, in Weston-Super-Mare, England, to Muriel Evelyn (Cross) and Reginald Francis Cleese. He was born into a family of modest means, his father being an insurance salesman; but he was nonetheless sent off to private schools to obtain a good education. Here he ...

Reverend Straik, an unbelieving clergyman member of N.I.C.E. who is called the "Mad Parson" due to his belief that power is right.

11. Maggie Smith

Actress | Gosford Park

One of the world's most famous and distinguished actresses, Dame Maggie Smith was born Margaret Natalie Smith in Essex. Her Scottish mother, Margaret (Hutton), worked as a secretary, and her English father, Nathaniel Smith, was a teacher at Oxford University. Smith has been married twice: to actor ...

Ivy Maggs, Jane's old house keeper who lost her home to N.I.C.E. and whose husband is in jail. Maggs is a member of St. Anne's and Jane has trouble with seeing her as an equal.

12. Helena Bonham Carter

Actress | Les Misérables

Helena Bonham Carter is an actress of great versatility, one of the UK's finest and most successful.

Bonham Carter was born May 26, 1966 in Golders Green, London, England, the youngest of three children of Elena (née Propper de Callejón), a psychotherapist, and Raymond Bonham Carter, a merchant ...

Major Hardcastle, head of the N.I.C.E. police. She is a sadist and often tortures her prisoners.

13. John Alderton

Actor | Zardoz

An English actor active in the theater since 1961, having made few theatrical movies, none of which particularly outstanding, with the exception of John Boorman's Zardoz (1974) and Nigel Cole's popular Calendar Girls (2003), John Alderton has become famous thanks to British television. Appearing in ...

Professor Cecil Dimble, the husband of Mother Dimble, and Jane's former tutor. He is an expert on Arthurian Britain and one of the few members of the St. Anne's community who works outside.

14. Robbie Coltrane

Actor | Cracker

Robbie Coltrane, one of Britain's most popular comedians who was head of debating society at school and won prizes for his art, is now a film star who played in two James Bond films and in the "Harry Potter" franchise.

Coltrane was born Anthony Robert McMillan on March 30, 1950, in Rutherglen, a ...

Dr. Filostrato, the Italian physiologist who has preserved the head of François Alcasan. Filostrato thinks it's really Alcasan kept alive by science.

15. Jim Sturgess

Actor | 21

Jim was born in London, the son of Jane O. (Martin) and Peter J. S. Sturgess. He was raised in Surrey. First and foremost his interest was music. However, he began to develop a secret passion for acting, at age 8, when he auditioned for local theatre to get out of class. Whilst music appeared cool,...

Arthur Denniston, another Edgestow acadamic who used to be Mark's best friend before Mark's ambition drew him away. Denniston is a member of St. Anne's and the husband of Camilla.

16. Michael Caine

Actor | The Dark Knight

Michael Caine was born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite in London, to Ellen Frances Marie (Burchell), a charlady, and Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, a fish-market porter. He left school at age 15 and took a series of working-class jobs before joining the British army and serving in Korea during the Korean ...

Horace Jules, the Director of N.I.C.E., a cockney novelist, tabloid reporter, and pseudo-scientific journalist. He thinks he's the head, but he's only a figure head and is totally unaware of what the institute is really doing.

17. Sean Bean

Actor | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Sean Bean's career since the eighties spans theater, radio, television and movies. Bean was born in Handsworth, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, to Rita (Tuckwood) and Brian Bean. He worked for his father's welding firm before he decided to become an actor. He attended RADA in London and ...

Merlinus Ambrosius, the Arthurian Christian Druidic Mage who's been sleeping under Bracton Wood and is wakened to help the Director.

18. Jean Reno

Actor | Léon

Jean Reno was born Juan Moreno y Herrera-Jiménez in Casablanca, Morocco, to Spanish parents (from Andalucía) who moved to North Africa to seek work. His father was a linotypist. Reno settled in France at 17. He began studying drama and has credits in French television and theater as well as films. ...

"The Head" of François Alcasan, but actually a mouthpiece for the Macrobes. "The Head" is the true boss of N.I.C.E. and Withers and Frost serve it.

19. Kenneth Branagh

Actor | Henry V

Kenneth Charles Branagh was born on December 10, 1960, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to parents William Branagh, a plumber and carpenter, and Frances (Harper), both born in 1930. He has two siblings, William Branagh, Jr. (born 1955) and Joyce Branagh (born 1970). When he was nine, his family ...

Dr. Elwin Ransom, former Cambridge don, traveler to Mars and Venus, also known as the Director, the Pendragon, and the Fisher King. He is the head of Logres, which once was the entire Arthurian realm but now is just the community of St. Anne's. He talks with angels.