11 November 2008 @ 10:20 pm
043. The Sunne in Splendour casting picspam.  
auroralives fucking pwns, you guys. She's awesome. In a fit of madness, we cast essentially all the major players in Sharon Kay Penman's The Sunne in Splendour. The novel spans over 30 years, so excepting Richard III, we've only included the adult incarnations of the characters. I've tried to sort them into semi-reasonable clusters. This was totally crazy, but a lot of fun. Point being, Richard Armitage better get his Richard III project off the ground or we'll go nuts.


Our hero

His eldest brother

His second older brother

His third older brother

His sister

Their father

Their mother, aunt to Warwick


Their cousin

His brother

Edward IV's wife

Elizabeth Woodville's younger brother

Oldest daughter of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville

Another daughter

Their sons

George's wife, older sister to Anne, daughter of Warwick

Richard III's wife, younger sister to Isabel, daughter of Warwick


The mad Lancastian king

His wife

Their son


Friend and councilor of Richard III

Friend and councilor of Richard III

Councilor to Richard III

Friend and councilor of Edward IV

Handmaiden to Anne Neville

Mistress to Will Hastings and Edward IV


...and his mother.

Bonus stuff!

Fake movie posters because I am actually crazy.
Loyaulte Me Lie, a Richard III/Anne Neville fanmix.
And if You Love, a Henry VII/Elizabeth of York fanmix.
A Little Further Off, a Richard III/Elizabeth of York fanmix.
Icons because why not.
Current Mood: crazycrazy
Current Music: Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova - The Swell Season
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lippy kid: [sexy] he's going to be so hotsophieisgod on November 12th, 2008 03:39 am (UTC)
YOU GUYYYYYS. EPIC, EPIC WIN. I mean, I'm still pretty much nowhere in, but now I have smouldering people to picture!

SKANDARRRRR. This is basically perfection. SEND THIS TO RARRMITAGE!
Morgan: m: congratulations universedarkangsty42 on November 12th, 2008 03:44 am (UTC)

Dude, look at the INSANE comment threads on the last post. We went fucking NUTS. I think my favorite bit is when we cast Ioan as Henry VII.


MMM, SMOLDERING. Personally, I REALLY like that picture of JJ.
nearer than the moon am i to youodette_river on November 12th, 2008 03:41 am (UTC)
The way you were able to find actors who look startlingly like the portraits of the people for them to portray is amazing. Especially for the Duchess of York. But a lot of other people, too. Wow. :)
Morgan: tww: a time for american heroesdarkangsty42 on November 12th, 2008 03:47 am (UTC)
Thank you! Casting based off the portraits was difficult, as medieval art doesn't exactly lend itself to accuracy. We pretty much went off the descriptions supplied by the book. And auroralives gets major props for finding actors that looked related.

But again, thank you!

(PS: I ♥ your icon!)
Sarah: tristan+isoldeauroralives on November 12th, 2008 03:47 am (UTC)
Morgan: m: congratulations universedarkangsty42 on November 12th, 2008 03:48 am (UTC)
Indeed, we do!


I'm screwed for my psych test, but this was kind of worth it. ;)
(no subject) - auroralives on November 12th, 2008 03:55 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - darkangsty42 on November 12th, 2008 03:57 am (UTC) (Expand)
Rebecca: [northanger] The look of Tilney. *sigh*beckslfd on November 12th, 2008 04:00 am (UTC)
I love, love, love this cast!
Morgan: hp: seven nation armydarkangsty42 on November 12th, 2008 05:03 am (UTC)
Thank you! ♥
I'd LOVE to pick you up at jail.: ^_^orangeaide on November 12th, 2008 05:09 am (UTC)
Wow. Thank you! I love this book.
Morgan: tww: a time for american heroesdarkangsty42 on November 12th, 2008 05:22 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you liked it! I only just picked up the book this summer, at my mother's recommendation. I'm glad I did. ;)
picturegames on November 12th, 2008 05:32 am (UTC)
HOLY . CRAP. THIS IS THE MOST AWESOME THING EVER. your choices are SO good. I bow down to this.
Morgan: hp: seven nation armydarkangsty42 on November 12th, 2008 05:41 am (UTC)
Wow! Thank you! It's good to know we weren't totally wasting our time. ;)
a very interesting mixture of poetry and meanness: snl | the pot will call the kettle blackhostile17girl on November 12th, 2008 06:10 am (UTC)
*puts book on hold at the library*

Great, look what you made me do! ;P
Morgan: m: congratulations universedarkangsty42 on November 12th, 2008 06:22 am (UTC)
Mission: accomplished!

Seriously though, Penman's awesome. Viscerally, I like this book the best of her stuff, but if you get a chance, her Henry II/Eleanor of Aquitaine trilogy is really amazing stuff. She's ruined all other historical fiction for me, because now I expect stuff to be on level with it.
Sandra: Private: Caravaggiosandrainthesun on November 12th, 2008 09:53 am (UTC)
Great picspam. I love that you used original paintings for comparison (and the roses *g*).

Ok, this is a strange question. The picspam reminded me of a movie I've seen several years ago on television. I can't remember the title (and if I could it'd probably be the german translation), but I'm 99% sure that it played during the war of the roses and there was a lovestory between the two houses. An older movie, perhaps 70s.
Do you have any idea? This seems to be a topic you know some things about.
Morgan: tww: puritanical workplace ethicsdarkangsty42 on November 12th, 2008 02:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Yes, the roses had to be provided for those pesky figures who were obscure enough not to have any portraiture done of them.

Interestingly, I have no idea what you're talking about. The only stuff that ever seems to be done about this period is Shakespeare's three-parter Henry VI and Richard III. And as for the romance bit, it could have literally been anyone, because everyone kept ignoring party lines for marriage. Anne Neville, Richard III's wife was the widow of the Lancastrian heir, Edoaurd. Edward IV pissed everyone off by marrying Elizabeth Woodville, as she was a Lancastrian widow as well. There's the potential it could have been about Elizabeth of York and Henry VII, as their marriage essentially ended the wars. But that definately was originally a political match, and not a love match.
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if i become antique, you'll collect me: rewarding filial disobedience since 1798acalicodress on November 12th, 2008 10:22 am (UTC)
Ioan Gruffudd as rogue Welshman= ♥ (That is an awesome photo as well)

I would seriously watch this just for the extreme prettiness.
Morgan: hp: seven nation armydarkangsty42 on November 12th, 2008 03:04 pm (UTC)
Hee, Ioan originally was kind of a bit of crack casting, but we think he could play the shifty/suspicious character of Henry Tudor quite well. And it was kind of amusing marrying him to Romola Garai again.

I so would too, obvi. The actual book's been optioned as a film, and the guy we cast as Richard III's also working on a project similar to the nature of the book. So here's to hoping he casts the way we want it. ;)

Thank you so much for commenting!
Laura: Narnia// Skandaralfiri on November 12th, 2008 05:37 pm (UTC)
Skandar! ♥

Aww Thomas Sangster and Freddie Highmore are so adorable. I love them.
Morgan: hp: seven nation armydarkangsty42 on November 12th, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC)
And he's still the bamf stealth little brother in this!

Adorable and doooooooomed.

agustina: armitage; perfect profileagguss on November 12th, 2008 08:36 pm (UTC)

The Armitage + Rupert Penry Jones + Skandar + Romain Duris + Romola Garai + Hans Matherson + Ioan Gruffudd. And just everyone! You might want to send this to the man himself :D

Morgan: m: congratulations universedarkangsty42 on November 12th, 2008 09:02 pm (UTC)
THANK YOU, M'DEAR. We're quite pleased how sexy this cast turned out, and everyone still looks related!

Seriously, we need to find whoever's optioning Penman's book at the moment, give them Richard's number, and then send them this cast!

Rewatched more North and South today and am now so 100% convinced that no one but him can play Richard III.

Will Scarlett: joy in the rainwill_scarlett on November 13th, 2008 10:51 pm (UTC)
Now I want to go and reread this book. I adore Sharon Kay Penman so much and these would all work so beautifully.
Morgan: sis: loyaulte me liedarkangsty42 on November 13th, 2008 11:07 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed it and think it works!

I read some Penman forever ago, and then discovered this over the summer and instantaneously became hooked with her world. I think my favorite excepting Sunne is When Christ and His Saints Slept.
Kira-Iras: film: Arsène Lupin - Beaumagnan 1kira_iras on November 14th, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's an impressive casting list :)
Morgan: s: ashes from your burning wooddarkangsty42 on November 14th, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Given the novel's scope, I was amazed we were able to pull it off. ;)
with a dreamy far-off look: [s] lucaslalumena on November 15th, 2008 11:43 am (UTC)
I JUST CAME ACROSS THIS (via agguss AND YESSS. This movie MUST be made. :)

This was totally crazy, but a lot of fun.
I 100% concur! And I love the way you've done the photos in the little red boxes, most nifty.
Morgan: sis: borrowed timedarkangsty42 on November 15th, 2008 03:16 pm (UTC)
Hee! Thank you! I was originally going to color-code by house loyalty, but a) people switched sides a lot, and b) white's not a particularly striking color.

I've seen you around a lot because we have a lot of mutual interests/friends so... friends? :)
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[professional life ruiner.]: film: quite the femme de soldatlookslikelove on November 19th, 2008 10:59 pm (UTC)
OMG. I found this and I want to like...eat this picspam if that were possible or in anyway sane. I offhandedly mentioned this to my Medieval history professor and it was worth the possible doubts of my sanity for her seal of approval. I would watch this six hour movie.
Morgan: s: ashes from your burning wooddarkangsty42 on November 19th, 2008 11:20 pm (UTC)
That is the single greatest comment I've ever gotten.

I'm with you on watching this six hour movie! Really, I'd take anything halfway decent at this point. There are just no good movies about the medieval period out there.
the business of benefiting hussies: wordy mcwordpantsmarketchippie on November 30th, 2009 09:05 pm (UTC)
Sophie linked to this, and now I cannot stop staring and flailing and squeeing. I love this so much it's ridiculous. Your casting is spectacular and, I mean, the War of the Roses is just glorious madness all over the place. I want this movie to get made now, but I'm pretty sure the world would explode were that actually to happen--so, as it is, I'll just put this in my memories and reread Penman/Shakespeare things and fangirl.

(YORK FOR LIFE. I love being stupidly partisan about this. Which I am.)
Morgan: m: gentle executiondarkangsty42 on November 30th, 2009 09:55 pm (UTC)
Lol, yay! As egotistical as this sounds, whenever I go back and look at this I start flailing and then get bummed that this doesn't actually exist. Boo. Sometimes I even plan fanvids in my head. It's like, 1000 levels of sad. At this point I'd settle for any good Wars of the Roses adaptation, even if it wasn't this cast. (Although I admit, I'd probably grumble about it a lot.)

YORK FOR LIFE INDEEDY. It is very important to know where you stand in a centuries old, long resolved conflict. When I finally got around to watching The Tudors, which I half love, half hate, I couldn't help myself but immediately side with the Poles. Last scion standing, so to speak.
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madeelly: stock - smilemadeelly on April 12th, 2010 02:12 pm (UTC)
This is pretty much the most epic thing since ever. I love it! ♥ There are so many awesome choices for casting, but I particularly love Olivia Williams as Margaret Beaufort.
Morgan: bs: will i ever see your sweet returndarkangsty42 on April 12th, 2010 02:29 pm (UTC)
Haha, thanks! We went quite bonkers. :D
one sweet loveunamourdoux on April 12th, 2010 03:36 pm (UTC)
I am now going to have to grab myself a copy of this book
Morgan: e: if i loved you lessdarkangsty42 on April 12th, 2010 04:22 pm (UTC)
I cannot recommend it highly enough. It is my favorite piece of historical fiction ever and probably one of my favorite books in general. It's a bit of a doorstop in terms of size, but do not let that intimidate you because it has everything and once it starts rolling it doesn't stop.
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Elysium: tudors_annechaotic_eclipse on April 12th, 2010 07:39 pm (UTC)
Great cast! I'd like Richard Armitage as Richard!
Morgan: dw it's just the way i'm meant to bedarkangsty42 on April 12th, 2010 11:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I would too! He keeps saying in interviews that he thinks he's too old (which he kind of is technically) but if he just got his project off the ground maybe it'd be more feasible!
with a dreamy far-off look: [batb] belle + beastlalumena on April 12th, 2010 07:56 pm (UTC)
Still awesome. Still neeeeds to exist!
Morgan: tlm: down where it's wetterdarkangsty42 on April 12th, 2010 11:22 pm (UTC)
Ffffffffff I know! I occasionally look at this and sign wistfully. At this point I'd settled for any halfway decent Richardian film.
Denorios: richard iiidenorios on April 13th, 2010 06:32 am (UTC)
This is awesome. I love it. Ever since I read that interview with Richard Armitage, I have not been able to see anyone else as Richard.

This is absolutely perfect casting, although Ioan is far too hot to be Henry VII. Then I might have like him and that would be bad.
Morgan: c: conditioned at an early agedarkangsty42 on April 13th, 2010 12:58 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks!

LOL, Ioan truthfully was crack casting because we went "WE NEED A WELSH ACTOR" and he's the first one that came to mind. Plus then he and Romola would be playing marrieds again. :D
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Am I bright enough to shine in your spaces?lennongirl on April 13th, 2010 02:26 pm (UTC)
I so want to watch this. Also, you granted Rarmitage his wish and cast him as Richard III, so basically, you WIN big time.
Morgan: bs: will i ever see your sweet returndarkangsty42 on April 13th, 2010 06:28 pm (UTC)
Haha, thanks! I definitely recommend checking out the book, it's amazing!
i am an untitled poem ❖: (emma romola garai style)fioriture on April 14th, 2010 01:17 am (UTC)
BEST TOPIC, BEST CASTING. My Mr Thornton + RPJ + Hans + JJ in the same sentence? I'm flipping out in delight.
Morgan: r: truth or consequencedarkangsty42 on April 14th, 2010 03:11 am (UTC)
Haha thank you! :D
Julia: Default 2 [Guy/Marian]fallenidol_453 on September 1st, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
Okay, this ridiculously hot casting made me order the book from Barnes & Noble's website. :D Nearly two hundred pages in and loving it.
Morgan: f: we'll call it evendarkangsty42 on September 1st, 2010 09:58 pm (UTC)
Yes! I am so glad because that is exactly why the casting spam was put together - to get people to read the fabulous book! I love that your enjoying it, it's one of my favorite pieces of historical fiction.
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