Dream Cast—Western Song by Leigh Podgorski
Always so exciting to imagine your dream cast for a novel or a play or a screenplay, it makes the piece come alive in a way nothing else can—except for the actual casting for a film or play!
Behold below, my dream cast for Western Song a timeless love story filled with rich unique characters played out beneath the wide Wyoming sky about a bull riding rancher and his recently deceased best buddy’s Thai immigrant mail-order bride; as she discovers the true power of freedom, he discovers he’s lost his heart.
For Weston Beaudurant—ruggedly handsome Ewan McGregor. Oh, yeah, any woman’s dream!
Best known for the TV Series Fargo and the film Beauty and the Beast, Ewan is a versatile actor with more than 79 credits and counting. Is there a Western in his future?
Michelle Ang is well known around the world for her work as a regular cast member on the Australian show “Neighbours”, “Outrageous Fortune” and the hit teen show “The Tribe” I think Michelle would be a perfect romantic Song Phan Rang to Ewan’s Weston.
Of course, no Romance would be complete without a triangle. Well, maybe we could name a few, but this one not only has a triangle but two broken-hearted unrequited loves.
Strong, smart, competent, and beautiful lawyer Wynona Velez loses her heart to, who else, Weston Beaudurant. And who else to play her but the fabulous Jessica Alba?
Our second broken heart belongs to, yup, another lawyer, Jack Deerstalker. Jack is a young, dynamic Native America who is felled by the beguiling Song. My top pick for Jack, the powerful, compelling actor, Eddie Spears.
Weston is a powerful presence in the town of Wild River, and he has a passel of friends. One of his oldest friends is the shaman Mad Bear. Wise, funny, and mentor to Jack, Mad Bear has a calming aura, though he has been known to mix it up with the best of them. My dream choice for Mad Bear? The formidable Graham Greene.
Next to Mad Bear is Zebadiah, Weston’s best friend from their school days, now married to his little sister Olive. Zeb is staunch and true, a firm stalwart of the Beaudurant family. Walton Goggins would be my dream pick for this role.
Finally, one of the deepest hearts of the piece is Weston’s sister, Zeb’s wife, Olive. When the brother and sister lost first their father and then their mother, it was Olive who held the household together. It is always Olive to whom Weston turns, though he’ll be darned if he’ll admit it. Rounding out my dream cast is the lovely and talented Zoe Deschenel as Olive Chantry.
So, there you have it.
My very own Dream Team.
Sometimes, dreams do come true. Or, from another great Hollywood “dream”:”If you build it, they will come.”*
*From the Book Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella
Movie Field of Dreams produced by Kevin Costner
BOOKS: WESTERN SONG https://www.amazon.com/Western-Song-Leigh-Podgorski-ebook/dp/B072VR7W5S