Ray Vs the Meaning of Life Dream Cast
This feature answers the question “If this title were being turned into a movie or television series, who should be cast as its characters?“.
You do know that people are hired and paid a lot of money to cast television shows, right? It’s not easy to do. So … Phew. Alright. Who would I put in the Ray Vs the Meaning of Life show? First off, it would likely be a movie, not a TV show. There’s no real story engine beyond the premise. Did I mention that I’ve already written the film script? Yup! True story.
Now for casting:
Ray: Dakota Goyo — I’m going local. He’s from my hometown of Toronto and the more Canadian elements I can add, the better the chance of getting Canadian Media Fund funding–not that I’ve thought about this AT ALL. 😉 Did I mention I’d like Jim Donovan to direct? He’s also a Toronto dude. Brilliant director of many TV show episodes you’ve watched. In any case, Dakota would scruff up well for the start and clean up well for the ending. Keeping it Canadian I might go Finn Wolfhard if Dakota wasn’t available. (He’ll be old enough by the time we shoot!)
Tina: This is the toughest to cast. Her father’s a devout Sikh, so it only makes sense that she be of Punjabi background. I have quite a few ideas but they’re all too old … seriously, casting 17 year olds is super because they should sixteen to twentyish. In this case, let’s give a relative unknown a role. Okay?
Mother: Keeping it Canadian — Neve Campbell. I know, I know, she’s beautiful, but I can also see her being vicious and biting. And besides, Crystal was a teen pregnancy so the ages actually match up. I stand by this decision!
Crystal: Georgie Henley — If you saw her in Perfect Sisters, you’d know why. She’s terrifying.
Sure there’s a lot of missing profiles here but this is the star studded lot of them. Let’s face it, this isn’t going to have big budget, let’s not box ourselves in here! Is anyone looking for a role and will work for pizza?
Let’s Meet Ray
Raymond Saintbury, 17 years old, 6 feet tall, caucasian, no religious affiliation, sandy brown hair, gangly, and soon to be pot-bellied once he stops growing. Cute? Maybe, but we’re going to have to give this kid a makeover to get to cute.
While living in an RV park, Ray binge watches Brooklyn 99 and is addicted to gaming. Favorite game, likely Overwatch. At any one time, he has a couple dozen people watching him play. Ray’s not a very motivated kid. He does what is necessary to maintain his right to exist in the park, chopping the wood for his grandma and working the grill at ‘Pulled Beef’ the local burger truck, where Tina works, the girl he’s suddenly realized he should have told he liked–long before she transformed into the woman she has become this summer.
Ray has set a goal of climbing Big Mountain. It’s a snow capped peak only a few miles beyond the swamp that surrounds the park. Maybe he’ll get to it eventually. Maybe …
Besides Tina, Ray’s best friend is Deneze. He’s from the reserve and drives the garbage truck, which collects trash from the park. Ray doesn’t get along with his family. His sister, Crystal, resents his freedoms. His mother bullies him. His Uncle is a story unto himself; in fact, the one person that seems to believe in his potential is his grandma. *spoiler* Grandma dies in Chapter 1. He might have even had a hand in killing her …
Ray Vs the Meaning of Life
A book for anyone who secretly loves motivational posters of sunrises and mountaintops.
Grandma’s last will and testament names Ray to inherit the trailer park. It’s a million-dollar estate with one hitch: to prove he’s not as aimless as he seems, Ray must discover the meaning of life by the end of the month. (She left the answer in an envelope.) If he fails, the camp goes to his estranged family.
How does anyone find the meaning of life while running a park full of misfit miners, would-be truck racers, and one demanding little girl? There’s a bear too. A grizzly. Maybe that’ll help?
“A tale spins its answer to an age-old question into an inclusive, hilarious, and thought-provoking yarn.”–Kirkus Reviews (starred review)