Kushiel’s Legacy: The Dream Cast

For their third reread, Jenn and Preeti tackle the first three books of the Kushiel’s Legacy series by Jacqueline Carey.

Jenn and I are making our way through the Kushiel’s Legacy series, and one of the major plot points in all of these books is how beautiful all these D’angelines are. I mean, they are supposed to be painfully good looking. Not like the rest of us plebes.

So, we had to come up with our dream cast. How could we not? Of course, now they have to make this movie. Even if having that many beautiful people on screen would destroy our ability to ever look one another in the eye because God, how can we be so ugly when there are such beautiful people in the world.

If I sound like a Serenissiman, you’ll have to forgive me. T’is but bitterness that molds my tone.

(Note from Jenn: because D’Angelines are literally the most beautiful people in the world, the descriptions are on the far side of histrionic. We beg you not to judge the books by these quotes alone.)

On to the casting!

Round 1: characters in Kushiel’s Dart and Kushiel’s Chosen

Phèdre no Delaunay

“My skin, too fair for the canon of Jasmine House, was nonetheless a perfectly acceptable shade of ivory. My hair, which grew to curl in charming profusion, was the color of sable-in shadows, reckoned a coup by some of the Houses. … My eyes, when they settled, were that color the poets called bistre, a deep and lustrous darkness, like a forest pool under the shade of ancient oaks… save for the left eye, where in the iris that ringed the black pupil, a fleck of color shone.”
Casting: Nina Dobrev


Joscelin Verreuil
“Indeed, there was very little about Joscelin Verreuil that was not beautiful. He had the old-fashioned, noble features of a provincial lord and the somber, ash-grey garb of a Cassiline Brother adorned a tall, well-proportioned form, like the statues of old Hellene athletes. His eyes were a clear blue, the color of a summer sky, and his hair, caught back in a club at the nape of his neck, was the color of a wheatfield at harvesttime.”
Casting: Kelan Lutz


“His skin was as brown as a Bodhistani’s, his eyes black and merry, and his hair hung to his shoulders in curls of jet.”
Casting: Avan Jogia

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“He had very fine D’Angeline features, long and mobile, with long-lashed grey eyes flecked with topaz. His hair was a pleasing shade of ginger, and he wore a velvet doublet of deep brown.”
Casting: Matthew Goode


Alcuin no Delaunay
“I stared from the coach at the most beautiful boy I had ever seen. His hair was white… An albino, one might suppose — and indeed, his skin was surpassingly fair, but his eyes were dark, as dark as pansies at midnight.”
Casting: Andrej Pejic


Ysandre de la Courcel
“Ysandra de la Courcel was as fresh and beautiful as the first day of spring. … A simple gold fillet bound her flowing hair, which was of the palest blonde, and her face was youthful and fair.”
Casting: Jennifer Lawrence


Waldemar Selig
“Tall and hale, in his middle thirties, with eyes that thought in a strong-featured face. His hair was a tawny brown, bound with a gold fillet, his beard combed to two points, both twined with gold wire. He had a sensual mouth, for a warrior. For a Skaldi. But his eyes, they kept their own counsel.”
Casting: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau


Melisande Shahrizai
“If I say her skin was like alabaster, her hair a black so true it gleamed blue where the light touched it and her eyes a sapphire that gemstones might envy, I speak only the truth.”
Casting: Emily Blunt

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(Despite her not being a major, major character, we found a girl who looked JUST like her)
“Wide grey eyes and a mop of red-gold curls, a charming sprinkle of freckles across the bridge of her nose — there is a limit, within the canons, of the number allowable for beauty. Favrielle’s met it. What did not was the scar that marred her upper lip, twisting it slightly.”
Casting: Cintia Dicker


Round 2: characters in Kushiel’s Avatar–Ten years after Kushiel’s Chosen

Phèdre no Delaunay de Montrève
Casting: Kate Beckinsale


Joscelin Verreuil
Casting: Jason Lewis or Karl Urban (… we couldn’t decide).

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Casting: Sendhil Ramamurthy

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Melisande Shahrizai
Casting: Marion Cotillard


Imriel de la Courcel

“A slight figure, standing no taller than my breastbone, his face white and bloodless, a shocking beauty. His eyes blazed like sapphires in that vivid, white face and his hair, lank and tangled, still fell with a blue-black sheen.”

Casting: Asa Butterfield

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You’ll notice, no doubt, that there are characters missing. This is mostly because we could not think of who could play them. Drustan mab Necthana, Severio Streggaza, the list goes on. Tell us who you would cast!

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