We’ve learned of another addition to the cast of Odd Thomas, Stephen Sommers‘ film adaptation of the Dean Koontz novel of the same name. Joining the current lineup of actors is Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who’s probably best known for starring in the former J.J. Abrams TV series Undercovers.
Variety says that the actress will be in a supporting role, as the friend of Addison Timlin‘s character Stormy Llewellyn, who is the girlfriend of Anton Yelchin’s Thomas. The character is described as being “Viola, a waitress who raises two young girls after their junkie mother dies.” The scope of the part is unclear, although it seems like it won’t be the biggest of roles.
Mbatha-Raw will also be appearing in Larry Crowne, the upcoming film directed by and starring Tom Hanks. This film, meanwhile, is produced by Fusion Films and is being helmed in the writing and directing department by Sommers, which already stars Anton Yelchin and Addison Timlin in their aforementioned roles, Willem Dafoe, Patton Oswalt, Nico Tortorella, and with Tim Robbins possibly appearing. Production begins in May, and the cast its built up over the past couple of months has raised my interest in this a decent amount (essentially, from “nothing” to “that could be good!”). I’m curious what a more effects-oriented director like Sommers will do with what seems like smaller-scale material, and how his cast fills out their assigned parts; I wish it all the best, and I’m hopeful that something good can be made out of the source material.
You can read a synopsis of the first book below, thanks to Amazon:
“Odd Thomas is just that. He works as a fry cook in the fictional California town of Pico Mundo. Should he ever leave that position, he sees a future in selling tires or shoes. What he lacks in ambition, he makes up for with a special gift. He communes with and sees the dead, some of whom enlist his help in avenging their deaths from foul play. His gift is a secret from everyone except his beautiful girlfriend and the Chief of Police, who never questions Odd’s tips, advice, or presence at a murder scene. The man sees “bodachs” as well, small, evil creatures, fluid in shape, that feed upon horrific acts of carnage. He is horrified to see hordes of them gathering in his town. He spots a weird looking stranger in whom the bodachs appear very interested, nicknames him Fungus Man, and rightly assumes that he is involved in the impending disaster. Breaking into the man’s house, Odd finds a mysterious black room, a shrine to serial killers, and a page from a calendar that tells him the date of the planned event. Now it’s a race against time to foil the plot.”
Are you happy about her addition to the cast? Have you read the book, and do you have any expectation for the movie?