Dream casting The Psychology of Time Travel, with Kate Mascarenhas

  

Dream casting The Psychology of Time Travel, with Kate Mascarenhas

Kate Mascarenhas is the debut author of the acclaimed The Psychology of Time Travel. Even ahead of launching to huge praise, the novel was garnering attention, and has been picked up by the creative team at AMC who were behind Mad Men. Here, author Kate Mascarenhas discusses her dream casting for the role. 
 


If you’re anything like me, you automatically give fictional characters a familiar face no matter how the writer describes them. Sometimes it’s someone you know; sometimes it’s a celebrity. And when a new adaptation of a much loved novel comes out, getting the casting “right” can mean the difference between excitement and a crushing sense of missed opportunity.
 
Here’s my dream cast for an adaptation of The Psychology of Time Travel. I’ve assumed that—as in the novel—time is no object to securing the actor required, at exactly the right age.
 
Barbara – Diana Rigg 
Barbara is on the cusp of fame in the sixties for helping to invent time travel—but when disaster strikes, she fashions a more sedate life on the Cornish coast. Equally effective as sixties icon and elderly matriarch, Diana Rigg could play Barbara at all stages of her life beautifully.
 
Grace – Jean Seberg 
Moving on to Barbara’s colleagues: I always wanted Grace to look like she had stepped out of a French New Wave Film. Jean Seberg would have the style and the transatlantic accent down pat.
 
Margaret – Maggie Smith
Nobody does hauteur better than Maggie Smith. As Margaret, the aristocratic physicist-turned- megalomaniac, she would wither her employees into submission.
 
Lucille – Nichelle Nichols
Like the book’s team of inventors, Nichelle Nichols was something of a pioneer. When she first played Uhura in Star Trek, she was one of the first black women to appear on a US TV show in a role other than a servant. She has first class science-fiction acting chops and would be perfect as Lucille, the most subversive scientist of the team. All she needs is a Scouse accent.
 
Ruby – Shelley Conn
Whether counselling trauma patients or worrying about her time travelling grandmother’s latest flight of fancy, Ruby, the psychologist, tends to keep her anxieties under wraps. Shelley Conn’s quiet acting style would serve the character well.
 
Odette – Letitia Wright
Hot off Black Panther, I’d love to see Letitia Wright play Odette. She has an irrepressible quality that would be an ideal match for Odette’s persistent, but unconventional detective work.
 
Did you have particular actors in mind as you read The Psychology of Time Travel? If you were casting director, who would you pick? Let us know using hashtag #ThePsychologyofTimeTravel!