Cast Ideas for “A Tale of Two Cities”

Sydney Carton Rupert FriendI have thought for a while that the actors Rupert Friend and Orlando Bloom would be great as the look-alikes Sydney Carton and Charles Darnay in an adaptation of Charles Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities. A simple Google search of their names will turn up plenty of images showing how similar these two actors look. When I first saw Rupert Friend as Mr. Wickham in an adaptation of “Pride and Prejudice” (2005), I was convinced that he was the same actor I had seen as Will Turner in “Pirates of the Caribbean” (2003). Both actors have done costume/period dramas before. Besides “Pride and Prejudice”, I have seen Rupert Friend in “The

Orlando Bloom and Rupert FriendYoung Victoria” (2009). I think he would be best suited for the ne’er-do-well Sydney Carton, as he has a slightly more “rugged” look, while Orlando Bloom has a slightly more refined look that would better suit the former-aristocrat, Charles Darnay. A Tale of Two Cities covers a long time span — Charles Darnay is about 38 years old at the end of the book, but is more than ten years younger when he first appears in the story. Probably Sydney Carton is a similar age. Rupert Friend is nearly 32 and Orlando Bloom is 36 — about right to play the correct age range. So, I don’t suppose it will ever happen, but it would be interesting.

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For Lucie Manette, I thought maybe Carey Mulligan would be good. She is experienced in costume drama (e.g. “Pride and Prejudice”, “Bleak House”, “Northanger Abbey”, and “My Boy Jack”), has a very expressive face, and carries long, golden curls well. Lucie is described as having an expressive forehead that I think Carey Mulligan could carry off. She is 28 years old — a nice median of Lucie’s ages in the novel (ranging from 17 to mid-thirties). What do you think?

Carey Mulligan in Bleak House

Note: If you are wondering which is Rupert Friend and which is Orlando Bloom in the above pictures…

Top row: Orlando Bloom in “The Lord of the Rings” (left) and Rupert Friend in “The Young Victoria” (right); Middle row: Rupert Friend in “The Young Victoria” (left) and Orlando Bloom in “Pirates of the Caribbean” (right); Bottom row: Orlando Bloom in “Pirates of the Carribean” (left) and Rupert Friend in “Pride and Prejudice” (right).

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2 Responses to Cast Ideas for “A Tale of Two Cities”

  1. Interesting idea, I have also thought for many years that Rupert Friend and Orlando Bloom look very much alike, perhaps they are doppelgangers :P. I saw a version of A Tale of Two Cities from th early 80’s, the same actor played Carton and Darnay, he was good but I could see the line in the film where it had been merged lol :).

  2. Darlah says:

    Ah, but you missed the most interesting twist. At the time Keira was making POTC 2 &3, acting with Orlando Bloom, she was dating Rupert Friend. Wonder if she ever got confused.

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