Casting Just the Sexiest Man Alive

I’m so excited about this, I had to post it here.  As many of you know, I originally wrote Just the Sexiest Man Alive as a screenplay that was optioned by a Hollywood producer but, sadly, never made into a movie.

This weekend a reader, Uli, sent me the below graphic she’d designed of a “movie poster” she’d made for Just the Sexiest Man Alive.  And she even cast the film! Check it out:

I LOVE this!  Wow, the details– especially the People magazine with Jason on the cover as “Sexiest Man Alive.” And I really like the casting choices, too.  So we’ve got Wentworth Miller playing Jason, Autumn Reeser as Taylor, David Boreanz (yum) as Jeremy, and Justin Timberlake as Scott Casey.

How about you?  If Just the Sexiest Man Alive was made into a movie and you were in charge of casting, who would you choose?

31 thoughts on “Casting Just the Sexiest Man Alive

  1. Rose says:

    I already posted on Facebook. THe main character has to be Ryan Reynolds. We can also have David boreanaz, Katherine Heigl… Those are some of the people I can think of right now.

  2. Mary G says:

    What a fun idea. It’s so tough because Jason
    has to be really good looking (like Ryan) but suave (like George Clooney who I think is a bit too “mature” now).

    I think you could be Taylor. Who would you have as your leading man (besides Mr. James of course)?

  3. Julie says:

    Oh, Mary, you flatter me so. If I was Taylor, who would I choose… hmm… I do agree that Ryan Reynolds is a great choice. And I’ve always been partial to Matt Damon. : )

    Question for everyone: How about Channing Tatum for Scott Casey? He’s a little too young to play Jason, but the perfect age for Scott.

  4. mj says:

    I actually think Ryan Reynolds would be a better fit as JD from your 2nd novel.
    I could see Anne Hathaway or Katherine Heigl as Taylor, Kellan Lutz as Scott Casey, Bradley Cooper as Jeremy, and…I can’t think of anyone to play Jason–he’s just too good 🙂

  5. Claudia says:

    Hi Julie,
    I lOVE all of your books :o) You are such an amazing writer!!!
    I would choose Gerard Butler as Jason, Kate Beckinsale as Taylor and Eric Dane as Scott Casey.

  6. clara says:

    Well, while i was reading this book the only actor that i could picture in the roll of Jason was john Hamm from mad men. He would be perfect for the roll Hamm embodies Jason.

  7. Shanti says:

    I read some of the comments that say Ryan reynolds for Jason ,but I think he’ll fit more as J.D. jameson (If they make Practice makes perfect into a movie !)
    But as Taylor I could imagine Anne Hathaway or a lil younger version of sandra bullock 🙂

  8. Cindy says:

    I just finished reading ‘The Sexiest Man Alive’ and I have to say that it is definitely one of my favorite novels now 🙂 The character development and plot is amazing! The funny thing is, all through the novel while I read it, I pictured Autumn Reeser as Taylor, because she portrayed a Taylor in The OC and somehow she really fits the character. Besides her though, Id think Sophia Bush would be amazing for the part as she’s got the look down pat. As for Jason, well Wentworth is a pretty good pick, and I also think that Ian Somerhalder would be great. Channing would be a good Scott 😀

  9. Julie says:

    Shanti– I tend to agree with you; I always envisioned Ryan Reynolds as being a better fit for J.D. And as for Anne Hathaway, I’d make her any of my heroines! : )

    Cindy: Glad you enjoyed the book! You know, I’ve never seen anything with Autumn Reeser in it, but so many of you pick her for the part, I’m sure she’d be great!

  10. Rishu says:

    i think Ian somerholder or Josh Duhamel is great for Jason…
    But for Taylor i think Catherine Heighl would make a perfect one… She is really great… When i read it i had her as Taylor…

  11. Jess says:

    I like the movie poster, it’s awesome! For my casting picks….

    For Taylor, I thought either Olivia Wilde, Mila Kunis or Jessica Lowndes would be good. They all look similar to what I pictured Taylor to look like. I also thought about Lucy Hale, but she looks really young, so I’m not too sure…

    Just throwing out some names that I thought resembled Jason. You know, a little older in age but still totally gorgeous… Leo DiCaprio, Warren Christie, Eric Dane, and Ryan Reynolds, too.

    For Scott, I definitely pick Chris Hemsworth. He’s an absolute cutie, and he’s an Aussie. Total Scott Casey right there.

    I’m not sure about Jeremy, though. He’s a little bit tougher to picture.

  12. Dianne says:

    Ooooh, I love this. I think there should be something like this for all of your books Ms. James 🙂

    My casting pick would be. . .
    Jason – Ian Somerhalder or Josh Duhamel or Gerard Butler
    Taylor – Anne Hathaway (she has that smart lawyer look) or Mila Kunis (her sassiness though)
    Scott – Jonathan Rhys Meyers

    Now I definitely want to make your book into a movie. Maybe we should make a petition or something :))

  13. melanie says:

    I think Bradley Cooper is the perfect Jason and Anne Hathaway is the perfect Taylor 🙂 Somebody should really make a movie out of this book! 🙂

  14. Suzi says:

    Anne Hathaway and Megan Fox???
    I mean Anne Hathaway is awesome, but I couldn’t see her as a convincing Taylor.
    I think like the book in some ways, an unknown actress would be better hypothetically thinking…

    Jeremy probably would suit a ruggedly handsome person i.e the guy who plays Riley in National Treasure.
    Definately aggree on Justine Timberlake is the embodyment of Scott Casey.
    Jason…well lets just say there is a gap for a Jason in the film industry atm, I mean Matt Damon is beautiful, but he’s not quite Jason material! 😛

    —–And Ryan Reynolds as J.D – whoever said that is genius! 😛

  15. Lisa says:

    Please someone start an online petition to have this movie made!! I am dying to see it on film. This would make the perfect romantic comedy – what is Hollywood waiting for? As for casting, I love the idea of Ryan Reynolds or Bradley Cooper for Jason. For Taylor, Olivia Wilde would be great – just the right blend of beauty and brains.

    Julie, thank you for writing these wonderful books!

  16. Rue says:

    I loved this poster…

    But I would love to see JOSH DUHAMEL & KATHERINE HEIGL as the leads…

    these are the two people tht i imagined while reading the book…

    The guy’s gotta get me go weak in my knees…and Josh does just that!!…

    I hope 2 see this as a Bollywood movie too…mayb someday… with BARUN SOBTI as the male lead.

  17. Hema says:

    I completely Agree with Anne hathaway as any of Julie’s stories.. For ” Just the sexiest man alive”, i would go with Ryan GOSLING as the Jason, (Check out his recent stills for Drive and Ides of march) and Anne Hathaway as Taylor.. Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel too are a good pair.. Justin Timberlake as Scott casey is actually a good option..

    Here are my takes on other stories as well.. Cuz for me when I read the book, I will imagine the Characters..
    2. practice makes perfect, Ryan Gosling as JD and Natalie portman as Payton,

    3 FBI/US Attorney is my Favourite Series and Something about you is my fav novel of JJ – So here again. Ryan Gosling and Anne Hathaway will be the lead pair.. I couldn’t imagine anyone else playing Cameron Lynde other than Anne..

    4. Lot like Love – Christopher Evans as Nick McCall and Natalie Portman as Jordan Rhodes

    5. About that night – Matt bomer as Kyle and Stana katic as Rylann pierce..

    (I realise that cade is kind of associated with Matt bomer but I Imagined Kyle as Matt bomer)
    6. Cade Morgan – Jake Gyllenhall or Chris Pine — I guess I will be able to finalise it once i read th ebook.. The heroine, My choice may be Evan rachel wood…or Scarlett Johansen

  18. Julie says:

    Hi Hema– I LOVE these casting choices! I suspect you’re a Ryan Gosling fan… I think you’ll get a kick out something when you read Love Irresistibly. (That’s all I’m saying for now…) : )

    I agree re: Anne Hathaway, and I’ve also been liking Kate Hudson lately on Glee. I think she would make a good Brooke… you guys will have to let me know once LI comes out!

  19. Hema says:

    Wow Julie.. I can’t wait to read it.. still 5 months—150+ days to go… Big Sigh!!!

    THanks for the wonderful books Julie!!

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