Make it a Movie: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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This meme is a way to discuss the books that have made their way to film, or to talk about the books we wish would be made into a movie. You are open to talk about any book out there in any way that you want. For example: Who would you have play the leads in the movie? Who would direct? Animated or live action? Etc.

This week my meme will focus on SHATTER ME by Tahereh Mafi. In this post I not only cast the roles of my favorite characters (including the enigmatic Warner), but I also created a movie poster! This is one book series that I believe would look amazing on film! Action, romance, X-man-esque super powers! What’s not to love?

Let me know what you think of my cast in the comments below!

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Make it a Movie: Shatter Me by Tahereh MafiShatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Published by HarperCollins, HarperTeen on November 15, 2011
Genres: Dystopian, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

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actress-odeya-rushJULIETTE Ferrars – Odeya Rush

Juliette Ferrars is the main character and the narrator of the SHATTER ME trilogy. She has a lethal touch and was locked up in a Asylum.

Odeya Rush has the look down pat. I also think that the exotic look she has going on would separate her from the rest of the cast. Just look at her eyes! Perfect!! Not to mention, Odeya Rush has landed some big roles, including the film adaptation of The Giver, Mary: Mother of Christ and Goosebumps alongside Jack Black.

actor-hunter-parrishAaron Warner – Hunter Parrish

Aaron Warner is the son of Supreme Commander Anderson and Leila Warner, and the leader of the Sector 45. He has two tattoos: The word IGNITE on his back and the other is a Shakespeare’s quote: Hell is empty, and all the devils are here.

Hunter Parrish is “practically perfect in every way”, wouldn’t you agree? I picture him when I picture Warner – blonde hair, green eyes – and then I have to wipe the drool off my chin just thinking about Warner… Hunter has starred in films such as 17 Again (with Zac Efron and Matthew Perry), It’s Complicated and Still Alice.

actor-matt-lanterAdam Kent – Matt Lanter

Adam is Juliette’s love interest. He has known her since they were 8 years old; and on his own words, he has always felt attracted by her.

Matt Lanter is such a little cutie, isn’t he? With dark blonde hair and blue eyes, he’s perfect for the brooding, yet romantic Adam. He’s also a bit more built than Hunter Parrish, which is how I imagine Adam as compared to Warner. Matt has starred as the voice of Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Clone Wars and as Edward Sullen in Vampires Suck.

actor-booboo-stewartKenji Kishimoto – Booboo Stewart

Kenji is a very straight forward person and citizen of Omega Point. He tends to make everything a joke, but eventually becomes serious when necessary. Kenji has the ability to become invisible.

Booboo Stewart. The little boy who has grown into quite the… stunning… young man. Part Japanese, part irish, this ex-werewolf from the Twilight Saga would make a humorous and aptly-aged Kenji. (Honestly, I have a hard time thinking of Asian-American actors who would fit the part. Can you think of anyone better?)


actor-kevin-costnerCastle – Kevin Costner

Castle is the leader and founder of Omega Point and has an extraordinary telekinetic ability. He is like a father to many of the Omega Point citizens.

Kevin Costner is (in my honest opinion) the perfect fit for the role of Castle. I was looking for someone who displays authority, but is also a bit soft around the edges. He would also do well to dispel the comparisons made between Castle and Professor X from X-Men. My favorite films starring Kevin Costner include Dances With Wolves, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, The Bodyguard and Man of Steel.

actor-jude-lawAnderson – Jude Law

Supreme Commander Anderson is one of the founders of The Reestablishment and commands the North America division. He is described as handsome yet deadly. He is also a ruthless, merciless, sadistic leader and father.

Jude Law has the look, he has the allure, he has just the right finesse to pull off the sick, sadistic enigma that is Anderson. I think he could even take the man above and beyond anything that the author could possibly dream up. Plus, doesn’t he look as though he could be Hunter Parrish’s daddy? Jude Law is best known for his roles in Cold Mountain, as Dr. Watson in Sherlock Homes and the voice of Pitch in The Rise of the Guardians.

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About Tahereh Mafi

Tahereh Mafi is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the SHATTER ME series. She was born in a small city somewhere in Connecticut and currently resides in Santa Monica, California, where she drinks too much caffeine and finds the weather to be just a little too perfect for her taste.
When unable to find a book, she can be found reading candy wrappers, coupons, and old receipts.
SHATTER ME was her first series.

Thanks for reading my MAKE IT A MOVIE!

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27 comments

  1. Eden says:

    I totally wasn’t expecting Jude Law for Anderson! I always pictured him as a military-type man, with a square jaw and a crew cut. But your choices for Warner and Adam and Kenji are just. . .drool-worthy 🙂

    • Jenna (Does Books) says:

      I pictured Anderson more intimidating than military-esque, more like a businessman/dictator. Jude Law has that sort of refined “evilness” about him that makes my skin crawl (in both good and bad ways). 😉

      Thanks for stopping by! I am glad you found my “boy” picks to be drool-worthy!

  2. Indigo Wayworth says:

    I love your picks for Juliette, Castle, and Anderson, but I imagined Matt Lanter as Warner. Hunter Parish just looks to sweet and innocent for my version of Warner! Interesting! <3

    • Jenna (Does Books) says:

      Haha! Funny you say that Hunter Parrish is too sweet looking for Warner. Honestly, in the end that is exactly how I saw him: “sweet” and “innocent”. Personally, I think that Hunter could represent both sides of Warner (both the sadistic and the sweet sides). And since Juliette often describes him as “clean-cut, perfect…” Hunter was my default choice. 😉

      I LOVE that you imagine Matt as him, though. It is so cool to see how different people’s perspectives of the characters can be!!

  3. Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader says:

    This is such a creative feature Jenna and I’m absolutely blown away by the lengths you’ve gone with it!

    First of all – That movie poster? The real adaptation would be lucky to make one half as beautiful. You did such a spectacular job!

    I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve never heard of these actors (Apart from Kevin Costner and Jude Law, obviously) but I’m really pleased with your choices. While I might be unfamiliar with their previous body of work, they are exactly as I pictured them. Great choices!

  4. Miranda @ Tempest Books says:

    Wow great job on this!! I love your movie posted. I agree with almost all of your castings, too! Kenji’s actor is perfect. I’m not totally sure about your Juliette, but I can see it. The one I can’t get behind is Warner haha. I love Hunter Parrish, but he’s totally not what I see when I picture Warner. Is he ever described as having blonde hair?? I totally missed that haha. For some reason I always pictured him with a slightly darker complexion. I agree with Indigo…Hunter is a little too sweet looking for me. I do think that Warner gets sweeter as the series go on, but I just can’t make Hunter match up with my Shatter Me version of Warner in my head haha.

    • Samantha says:

      Waner is described as having emerald green eyes and golden hair. I’ve always loved the idea of Hunter Parrish playing warner *drool*. I always imagine him when I read the books.

      • Samantha says:

        Castle is supposed to be black though, isn’t he? The part in shatter Me where Juliette is describing his feature says that he has dreadlocks and his skin is like chocolate. I like the choices for everyone else except Adam. I felt that Colton Hayes would play a great Adam.

  5. Erika says:

    Love this series and hope one day it is made into a movie. I’m in love with this poster. It truly is amazing and fits the series well. I also love your Warner cast. Thanks for the post!

  6. Madeline says:

    I LOVE who you picked for Adam, Kenji, and Juliette. I personally would love to see Alex Pettyfer play Warner. And the movie poster you made is to die for 🙂

  7. Mara Alvarez says:

    I like your choices for Kenji, Castle and Anderson but i imagined Joshua Anthony Brand or Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Adam and Daniel Sharman as Warner. I just loveyour blog and really hope that Infernal Devices fandom doesn’t hate me for my choice of Joshua.

  8. Shannon Murphy says:

    I was thinking that Tim Borrmann would make an amazing Warner but he isn’t really an actor but he is a 22 year old model but he is so perfect!! Also I think you need someone different for julliette she Odey looks too young and innocent you need someone who looks sweet but can also be seen as a fierce and brave girl that Juliette transforms into. Also I imagined Castle being black but the choice that you have chosen 🙂

  9. Blair Dawson says:

    Hey guys! I think Ellen page would be perfect for JULIETTE! You should see one of her movies! Her acting is profoundly impressive. The way she emotes really resemble Juliette’s sadness. Tahereh, I hope you’d check her out! 🙂 She’s really good. She has the potential!

  10. Lizz says:

    I think Rhys Wakefield from The Purge would be the perfect Warner. Especially if they made him up in a slightly less creepy version of what he looked like in The Purge. I picture Warner to have the long stretched mouth that can either make a huge menacing smile or a difficult to read frown.

  11. Juliette says:

    I loved this book series it need to be a movie!! I like the cast and I love Matt lanter he is actually one of my favorite actors he should defiantly be Adam.

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  13. Lolo Aok says:

    I Love the casting choices. It would be nice to see Ki Hong Lee (Minho from Maze Runner) as Kenji but Booboo Stewart is ok too. Other wise, I like the choices for the cast and I really hope this becomes a movie!

  14. Lycaia says:

    i really really love the books the way she write its just very honest u can feel how juliette feels i really wish for it to be a movie soon … ur cast ideas are great but i imagine and its in the book that castle is black…so we need a good older male maybe i dont know his real name but u may know the laurent vampire from twilight its like i imagine castle :))

  15. Belle says:

    Interesting picks, but I think Warner should be taller… someone like Liam Hemsworth would be amazing. I picture Castle as Chiwetel Ejiofor or Jason Momoa…yes, definitely with dreadlocks.

  16. daisy says:

    I’ve always seen Hunter Parrish as Maxon in the Selection trilogy so it’s sooo weird to imagine him as Warner hahaha ! But, yeah he is hot and has that ”bad-good boy” side 🙂 I imagined Chris Zylza as Warner , for Adam , Lincoln Younes, cause he looks kind and protective well you know , Adam , but mostly because he’s not suuuuuper hot as jhsjdsdwdwfb but still good looking . But I love Matt Lanter , so damn sexy omg , those blue eyes *_*. For Juliette , Taylor Hill , she has brown hair , blue-green eyes, beautiful and well I just see Juliette in her ! Oh and for Kenji , Chai Romruen 🙂 ( he was hard to find ahah ! ) but love your cast :*

  17. Bailee says:

    This is one of my favorite series and Tahereh actually sold the rights to it forever ago so maybe your wish will come true! The movie poster you made is absolutely stunning by the way. I could totally picture it on my wall!

  18. Jaded_gal05 says:

    Interesting pics, though I didn’t agree with any of them except Jude Law as Anderson. Surprising & spot on choice!

    But Kevin Costner as Castle? It’s been a while since I read the books, but I don’t recall Castle being written in a way where one would assume he was white. He had dreads. It confuses me as to why people fan cast Castle as white repeatedly.

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