But first, just in case you have no idea what Striker is about, check out the book blurb...
It’s time to play - dirty…
Amber Sullivan is an ambitious, beautiful and feisty Sports reporter for a local TV news programme. With an ex-professional soccer player for a father, she’s grown up in and around the world of premiership football, and boy does she know better than to get mixed up with the men who play the game. As rich and charming as they are, Amber has a strict no player rule.
One of the biggest names in football, Ryan Fisher is young, hot, and talented. He has it all – looks, fame, money; not to mention women falling at his over-insured feet and a lifestyle he’s in no hurry to give up.
At the centre of a multi-million-pound transfer deal back to his home club, Ryan’s a big scoop for a local sports journalist and Amber can’t afford to miss this career-making opportunity – even if that means having to interview the cocky sports star.
But once the tape starts rolling it’s clear Ryan’s got more than just an exclusive on his mind… and he’s used to getting exactly what he wants.
Delving into the lives of those who live and work within the so-called Beautiful Game, ‘Striker’ is a story of sex, secrets and the true cost of fame.
Footballers' Wives meets Jackie Collins in this sizzling scorcher of a read!
So, here we go. Fantasy cast list - Striker - re-worked...
And I think, first of all, we should tackle (see what I did there?) the main character, Striker himself - bad boy footballer Ryan Fisher. Who would I love to play him? I actually think it'd be quite hard to cast him perfectly, to be honest. Although there are probably a multitude of American actors who would be able to play him perfectly. But Ryan really needs to be British. In the book he's from northern England, a Geordie. So unless you can find me an actor outside of Britain who can do a pretty decent Geordie accent, I'm going with Threesome and The Paradise actor Emun Elliot.
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He kind of fits how I imagine Ryan Fisher to look, really. Handsome, hot, and... well, that just about covers it, really... 'Nuff said, I think...
Right. Who's next? Let's move onto the character of Amber Sullivan - a beautiful, feisty, female sports reporter. At first I imagined her being played by one of my favourite actresses, Sarah Parish. But because she's actually slightly older than Amber is, I had a few second thoughts about that one. But another brilliant British actress sprung to mind that could play Amber perfectly - Suranne Jones.
Okay. Next character for the casting couch would be manager of the fictional football team in the book, Newcastle Red Star - Jim Allen.
Jim Allen is handsome, charismatic, and American. An ex-player turned manager he's back on Tyneside to head-up the club he used to play for, bringing with him secrets from the past, and a whole lot of trouble...
Who would be the perfect man for this character? Well, my muse for that character started out as Person of Interest star Jim Caviezel.
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Anyway, that's the main characters sorted, but what about the others who play a part in Striker?
There's Amber's boss, Kevin Russell. He's the producer at the Newcastle-based news station she works for, and I'm going local for this one and saying that the lovely Robson Green would be great as Kevin! He'd bring the dry humour that Kevin has into the role, and I think he'd be just perfect to play that character. I'm quite pleased with that choice... And he's a northern boy! I mean, I've got to have at least one north east actor in this, haven't I? Seeing as it's set mainly in Newcastle.
I had to think about this one for a while, but all of a sudden the name Sam Neill popped into my head. He's always been a favourite actor of mine, and I actually think he'd be great as Freddie.
Anyway, this is all a bit of fun - but I know I'm not the only author out there that does this, so, if you want to share your own personal Fantasy Cast, just let me know.