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06 September 2014 @ 12:28 am
Good Omens: Umpteenth Time's the Charm  
After many rumors of film adaptations and tv adaptations, Good Omens is coming to us via a radio drama. No, for real this time. Seriously, it's happening.


There are some casting choices that sound really good. Like Colin Morgan as Newt Pulsifer and I'm really hoping Louise Brealey is playing Anathema Device. And that Phil Davis is Shadwell. However, I'm not sure how I feel about Mark Heap and Pete Serafinowicz playing Aziraphale and Crowley. I'm neutral about Heap (whom I'm assuming is playing Aziraphale) but Serafinowicz has an extremely distinctive voice and it's not really the one I hear when I imagine Crowley. But I will definitely wait to listen before I pass judgement on anything.
 
 
 
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on September 6th, 2014 04:46 am (UTC)
I am very excited! Look at the Them! I'm assuming that's who the children are. I am down with the casting. Mark Heap was quite upright and loveable in Larkrise to Candleford. Serafinowicz does have a distinct voice, but I think he could have the hiss I want.

I could see Newt being placed as the main character, with side bars for the other parts of the story. They did the same for Neverwhere, having Richard and Door carry the story, but breaking off to tell what was happening with the other characters. Newt is the everyman, he's the best character to bring us into the story and carry us through the fantastic parts of it. He'd be the best audience surrogate.

The other option is that the author of the article personally considers Newt the main character. Or is a big fan of Colin Morgan and has puffed up his role accordingly.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on September 6th, 2014 04:50 am (UTC)
I edited the entry with a second article that suggested more that Aziraphale and Crowley are the leads so I guess anything is possible at this point.

I'm really happy that a Good Omens project is finally off the ground and happening. I'm also pleased that they got actual children to play the Them.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on September 6th, 2014 04:56 am (UTC)
It's really an ensemble piece, isn't it? Though Crowley and Aziraphale are the obvious choices, you could argue a bunch of characters are the lead ones or at least as important.

I'm also pleased that they got actual children to play the Them.

Yes. Adults voicing children freak me out a little. When it's not well done, in any case. Adults putting on children's voices in a way that you know it's an adult putting on a child's voice.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on September 6th, 2014 04:58 am (UTC)
It's really an ensemble piece, isn't it?

Yeah, I see the novel as being broken up into thirds with Aziraphale and Crowley in one, Newt Pulsifer, Shadwell, and Anathema in two, and the Them in three.

Adults voicing children freak me out a little. When it's not well done, in any case. Adults putting on children's voices in a way that you know it's an adult putting on a child's voice.

That's the one thing about "Vaduz" I wasn't so crazy about. I wished they'd gotten an actual kid to voice Maxie as the adult doing it was kind of distracting.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on September 6th, 2014 05:04 am (UTC)
Yes, and I could see you argue for Newt being the lead character of his section.

That's the one thing about "Vaduz" I wasn't so crazy about. I wished they'd gotten an actual kid to voice Maxie as the adult doing it was kind of distracting.

Yeah, that's what I was thinking of precisely, actually. I couldn't tell how old Maxie was supposed to be. They gave him the maturity of a nine-year-old, but the voice of someone no younger than maybe fourteen being generous.

I'm off to bed now. Yay for Good Omens! TTYS!