Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Alexa Davalos Cast as Juliana in Amazon TV's The Man in the High Castle

It was announced yesterday on Deadline, that Alexa Davalos (The Chronicle of Riddick, Defiance) has been cast as the female lead on Amazon TV's adaptation of The Man in the High Castle. She will star as Juliana, likely based on Juliana Frink character from the novel, but her role looks different from said novel.

In the television version, Juliana resides in Japanese occupied San Francisco and is an admirer of their culture until she witnesses her sister's death at the hands of a Japanese soldier. This inspires her to leave her comfortable life and join the resistance headquartered in Denver, Colorado. It was announced earlier that Luke Kleintank was cast as Joe Blake, the male lead, but not a character from the original story I believe.

The important thing to take away from this news is that book purists probably aren't happy to hear about the liberties they are taking with the source material. I don't think we are going to see a true adaptation, but I am holding out hope that it will be an interesting story and not just a cookie cutter action plot set in a bare bones alternate history. As long as they work in The Grasshopper Lies Heavy I will be happy.

What do you think of the casting choices and the direction they are taking The Man in the High Castle? Let us know in the comments below.

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Matt Mitrovich is the founder and editor of Alternate History Weekly Update and a blogger on Amazing Stories. Check out his short fiction. When not writing he works as an attorney, enjoys life with his beautiful wife Alana and prepares for the inevitable zombie apocalypse. You can follow him on Facebook or Twitter.

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