Let Me Dream: King’s Gambit the Movie

My over-active imagination has been fueled by a caller from Hollywood who inquired about film rights to my book.  And so I’ve come up with a fantasy cast for King’s Gambit the movie:

The Cast (in order of appearance)

Johnny Depp as Paul Morphy

Rosie O’Donnell as Morphy’s mother

James Gandolfini as my father (because Rodney Dangerfield, Jackie Gleason, John Belushi, and John Candy are unfortunately unavailable)

George Clooney as me

Angela Landsbury as Mrs. Perrutz (my kindly therapist when I was three)

Jake Gyllenhaal as Pascal Charbonneau

Natalie Portman as Irina Krush

David Blaine as David Blaine

Scarlett Johanssen as Jennifer Shahade

Reese Witherspoon as Susan Polgar

Phillip Seymour Hoffman as Garry Kasparov

Jim Carey as Nigel Short

Ben Kingsley as Bruce Pandolfini

Anthony Hopkins as Claude Bloodggod

Mel Gibson (behaving like he did when he encountered the trooper) as Bobby Fischer

6 Responses to “Let Me Dream: King’s Gambit the Movie”

  1. Evan Rosenberg Says:

    OK, while some of Paul’s casting decisions are slightly optimistic, one is downright unacceptable. As long as I’ve taken chess seriously, and envisioned one day the story of Bobby Fischer finally being adapted on screen, there has been one man and one man only who could fill that role. Not Mel Gibson…Dennis Leary! Not only do they have an uncanny physical resemblence, but Leary’s comcial tirades could arguably put Fischer’s to shame. I’ll let George Clooney slide, if Leary is replaced as Fischer.

  2. paulhoffman Says:

    Yes, Dennis Leary is a much better choice. How about Karpov? Who should play him?

  3. Evan Rosenberg Says:

    For Karpov, possibly Udo Kier as an older more recent version. Sam Rockwell could portray a younger Karpov. I should have been a casting director!

  4. Shadow Says:

    Who will play Truong?

  5. Shawn Says:

    why do you have to be in the movie at all? Paul morphy looked a lot like an oversized oompa loompa. that exludes Johny Depp. Phillip Seymore Hoffman would be much more convicning. It should be done in period style without reference to the present. It should capture the zietgeist of Victorian New Orleans.

  6. Vooruitgang Says:

    Another possible choice to play Fischer is Nicholas Cage…check out the physical resemblance.

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