Casting Call: ‘The Nightingale’

The Nightingale is a novel by Kristin Hannah, published in 2015 that has sold over two million copies in the US. In 2016 it was announced that ‘Game of Thrones’ Director Michelle MacLaren would direct the film for TriStar. The book is a story of two very different sisters in France during Germany’s occupation of the country. It was inspired by the story of a Belgian woman, Andrée de Jongh, who helped downed Allied pilots to escape Nazi territory. Below is my humble opinion on who would make for a great cast for The Nightingale:

Clémence Poésy as Vianne Rossignol Mauriac, the older of the sisters who must take care of her young daughter while her husband remains a prisoner of war. She is anxious and cautious and is a local schoolteacher.

Elizabeth Debicki as Isabelle Rossignol, the younger of the sisters who desperately wants to fight back against the German occupation in any way she can. She is daring and assertive and has been kicked out of multiple boarding schools.

Gaspard Ulliel as Gaetan, a bold Frenchman who fights for the resistance. He is dark and mysterious. 

Guillaume Canet as Antoine Mauriac, Vianne’s husband who is captured during the war by the Germans. He is kind and incredibly loyal to his wife and daughter.

Elle McKinnon as Sophie Mauriac, Vianne’s daughter. She is sweet and curious and sometimes takes to imitating her Aunt Isabelle’s more rebellious nature.

Max Riemelt as Captain Beck, a complicated German soldier who is quartered in Vianne’s home.

Jean Dujardin as Monsieur Rossignol, Vianne and Isabelle’s father who gave up on raising them after their mother died. He lives in Paris and suffers from PTSD from the first World War.

Maïwenn as Rachel, Vianne’s Jewish best friend and fellow schoolteacher. She is spunky and positive.


Okay readers, what do you think of my choices? Who else would you cast in these roles? Comment below!