David Lyons would be a good actor for the role of Joseph’s dad. He has been nominated for many awards that include the most popular new male talent in 2007 and a LAIUFF award for the best actor in 2014. I think that David would be a perfect fit for this part because Joseph’s dad is rude and abusive. David Lyons plays parts in other movies that are similar to Joseph’s dad’s personality. Some of the movies that David Lyons have been in are Safe Haven and Storm Warning. Joseph’s dad has abused Joseph in the past, and in all of these movies David Lyons has played a part that has had a personality similar to Joseph’s dad. For example, in Safe Haven, David Lyons plays the role of Kevin Tierney. In the movie, a woman named Erin flees her house in Boston by getting a bus that will take her out of town, and changes her name to Katie. She reaches a small town in Southport, North Carolina, and starts a relationship with a man named Alex. In Boston, a police detective makes wanted posters for a woman that has supposedly committed murder, named Erin. Alex sees the photo of Erin and realizes that it looks exactly like Katie, which starts a big fight. After the fight is over, Katie decides to open up to Alex and tell him that she left Boston because her husband named Kevin was abusing her. Later on, the police detective turned out to be Erin’s abusive husband. Kevin is a bad alcoholic which make his issues a lot worse. Similar to Joseph’s dad, he abuses someone who he is really supposed to love and protect. In the movie Storm Warning, a couple gets lost at sea and ends up on an island where they find a house that appears to be abandoned. But soon enough, the homeowners Brett, his brother Jimmy (David Lyons) and their father Poppy return. They trap the couple and make them sure of the fact that they have no intention of letting them out alive. David plays the role of Jimmy which is described as a deranged redneck. Deranged means mad and insane, which also describes Joseph’s dad. In these movies he looks psychopathic and crazy, so I know that he will have an appearance that will be similar to the ways then many people picture Joseph’s dad when reading about him.
For the role of Joseph, I would cast Chandler Riggs. He is 17, but is short enough that he could pass off as Joseph’s age, which is 14. He has won 6 awards from 2012 to 2016 which include an award for the best performance by a young actor in a television series, and overall best performance in a tv series. Chandler has been in multiples movies, including the movie Mercy. The movie Mercy is about a mother and her two sons George (Chandler Riggs) and Buddy, going to help take care of their grand mother who has mystical powers. Judging by the plot and the cover of the movie, it seems that it is very serious and would not fit into the comedy section of movie genres. Joseph’s personality is serious and quiet as he doesn’t open up at all to anyone at the start of the book. A television series that Chandler Riggs has been in is The Walking Dead. He plays the role of Carl Grimes. Carl Grimes is a main character in the show and survived the outbreak. During the outbreak, he believe that his father was dead. His mother and him travel to a refugee camp, and as time goes on he becomes more quiet and sad because of his loss. During the first season of the show, Carl is portrayed as a shy and reserved boy. He also shows signs of being scared of bad things happening around him and goes to his parents for comfort. In the second season, Carl is less frightened of the world around him. I think this can relate to Joseph because at first he kept things to himself and was very quiet, but as time went on he became less frightened and started to open up more. He told Jack and his parents all about Jupiter and Madeline. Both of the characters Joseph and Carl Grimes have had a cruel past that has mentally hurt them very badly. They are very similar and this is why I think that Chandler Riggs would be perfect for the part of Joseph. Chandler is best known for playing big roles in horror movies. This is why he would be a good fit for the role of Joseph because if I picked someone that is a comedic actor, the viewers would have a hard time picturing Joseph with a serious and shy personality because he is known for being funny is his other films.
If I were to cast an actor for the role of Jack, I would choose Tenzing Trainor. Tenzing is a 15 year old actor who is very short for his age, and noticeably younger compared to Chandler Riggs. This is a good thing because in the book Orbiting Jupiter, Joseph is two years older than Jack. a popular television series that Tenzing has starred in is the show Liv and Maddie. He plays the role of Parker Rooney, Liv and Maddie Rooney’s younger brother. Parker tends to be quite adventurous, courageous, and brave. He usually behaves older than he is when he is with his friends and family. This relates to Jack because he has been around Joseph a lot since he has joined the family, and Joseph has taught him a few tricks and tips like how to throw a stone the right way. I think that Jack pays attention to some of Joseph’s skills and learns new things from him, whether they are negative things or positive. In the series, Parker appears to be very close with his older brother, Joey Rooney. In the book Orbiting Jupiter, Jack tries to spend a lot of time with Joseph to become closer with him, since they are now step brothers. One of things Jack did to show that he cared and wanted to get closer with Joseph is when Joseph refused to get onto the bus. The bus driver was being rude to Joseph, so he wouldn’t get onto the bus. He started walking to school even though it was freezing. Instead of getting on the bus and having a warm ride to school, Jack decided to walk with Joseph. Tenzing Trainor has also been a voice actor for the movie Super Buddies. Super Buddies is a fun-filled adventure movie. He plays Buddha, one of the five dogs that have special superpowers. Their job is to protect the rings from an extraterrestrial, but they soon learn that they don’t need to have superpowers to be superheroes. This is obviously an inspirational movie with the puppies being friendly and excited.
I If I were to cast an actor for the gym teacher in Orbiting Jupiter, I would choose The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) mostly because of his appearance. He is a great actor and has been nominated for more than twenty awards for his acting skills. The first person I picture when I think of a muscular actor is Dwayne Johnson, because of his athletic abilities and how muscular he is. I think that he would be a perfect fit for this role because a stereotypical gym teacher would have big muscles and would be extremely strong. Aside from his appearance, I think that it is important for him to be able to be able to act well when acting with children. One of the movies that Dwayne has been in is the movie Game Plan. In the movie, he plays Joe Kingman. He is the main character along with Madison Pettis that plays 8 year old Peyton Kelly. Throughout the whole movie, Joe and Peyton are together and become closer to each other and love each other. This is a great example of how well The Rock can show that he is good with kids. Being a gym teacher, you have to teach kids and handle all of the trouble that they can cause. In Game Plan, Peyton causes trouble for Joe because he is not used to taking care of a kid and handling the problems. In the movie, Peyton has an allergic reaction to the nuts in a dessert she was eating. Joe rushed her to the hospital and handled the situation properly. In the book Orbiting Jupiter, Mr. Switech the gym teacher noticed that Joseph was very athletically skilled. Mr. Switech did not judge Joseph for his past of trying to kill a teacher, and he treated him like a normal human being.