Last May, Netflix optioned three Sarah Dessen books which was very exciting news in my opinion. The three books were This Lullaby, Along for the Ride, and Once and For All. I’m not sure where they are in the process of actually becoming movies, but the other night I couldn’t sleep and started creating a cast for my personal favorite Dessen book, The Truth About Forever.
Auli’i Cravalho as Macy
What I’ve Seen Her In: Moana, Rise, All Together Now
I think Auli’i is incredibly talented and I think this is a great opportunity to add some color to one of Dessen’s books.
Charlie Gillespie as Wes
What I’ve Seen Him In: Julie and the Phantoms
Charlie doesn’t look exactly how I always pictured Wes, but after watching him in Julie and the Phantoms, I think he’d bring a really good energy to the character and I think he’d be great opposite Auli’i.
Jordan Fisher as Jason Talbot
What I’ve Seen Him In: Teen Beach Movie, Grease Live!, To All the Boys, Work It
I love this as a bit of a role reversal for Jordan. He’s typically played these “good guy” characters and Jason is still kind of that…but also he’s not the good guy of this story.
Madeleine Arthur as Kristy
What I’ve Seen Her In: To All the Boys
I thought Madeleine was AMAZING in both To All the Boys movies–honestly, she was the best and most natural in my opinion. I would love to see her in such a dynamic role as Kristy.
Britt Robertson as Monica
What I’ve Seen Her In: Dan in Real Life, Tomorrowland
This was actually a really hard role for me to cast. Honestly, I think the best person for this role would be Aubrey Plaza, but she’s probably too old at this point. Despite that, I think Britt Robertson could be really good as well.
Trevor Larcom as Bert
What I’ve Seen Him In: Fresh Off the Boat
Trevor is absolutely Bert. If you’ve seen him in any episode of Fresh Off the Boat, I think you’d agree. He’s overly serious while simultaneously hilarious. He and Charlie probably don’t look quite enough alike to be brothers…but I’m willing to make that sacrifice.
Minnie Driver as Delia
What I’ve Seen Her In: Return to Me, Ella Enchanted, The Phantom of the Opera, Speechless
I think Minnie Driver is such a great actress and she would totally be able to bring to life Delia’s chaotic energy.
Christina Chang as Deborah Queen
What I’ve Seen Her In: The Good Doctor
She seems like this really tough type of lady and I could perfectly picture her as Macy’s mom.
Timothy Olyphant as Macy’s Dad
What I’ve Seen Him In: I Am Number Four, The Office, The Good Place
This was another tough casting decision. Macy’s mom was really easy for me, so I knew I wanted to find a white actor to be her dad. I felt like he needed to be a bit rough around the edges, but also someone fit as he’s a runner. But then he also needed to seem really kind and a good contrast to Deborah.
Shay Mitchell as Caroline
What I’ve Seen Her In: Pretty Little Liars
I feel really confident with Shay as Caroline. As I reread the book, I could really picture her in this role. She’s emotional and compassionate, but also has a hidden layer of strength.
Nelson Franklin as Wally
What I’ve Seen Him In: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, The Office, Abby’s
Wally isn’t actually in the book much and I think he could have a slightly bigger role in a movie. I think Nelson could portray the perfect combo of nerdy and sweet.
Madelaine Petsch and Bethany Antonia as the Library Girls
What I’ve Seen Them In: Riverdale and Get Even respectively
The two library girls are interchangeable to me, but I feel like both of these actresses would be great in portraying a stuck up smart girl.