My Fancast/Dreamcast: The Aurora Cycle Trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Hello readers, and welcome to another Fancast/Dreamcast that I’m excited to share! I’ve read “Aurora Rising” by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, and I found myself really enjoying the story of 6 young space warriors who get paired up as an unorthodox team, but find themselves on the run from the authorities when a young girl who’s been cryogenically frozen for hundreds of years becomes a stowaway, and holds the key to uncovering an evil plot thats been around for almost a millennium!

What truly made me enjoy the story was the group’s dynamic, their humorous banter, and the development as they grow and bond as the story moves forward. I really wanted to make a Fancast ASAP when I looked all over the internet and saw that there’s not a whole lot of other Fancasts out there to help me out! My plan is to attack this unknown territory, and maybe help some other readers out and give them a good visual of the characters.

Here’s the Blurb for the First Book:

The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…

A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering

And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem—that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.

They’re not the heroes we deserve. They’re just the ones we could find. Nobody panic.

To see my review of book #1 – Aurora Rising – Click HERE!


Here’s my Official Fancast/Dreamcast:


Tyler Jones: Justin Deeley

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I’ve been in love with this handsome actor ever since I saw him in the 4th season of the CW’s 90210 reboot in recent years. The show itself was absolutely ridiculous, but Justin Deeley made for some amazing eye-candy. He was also in the LGBT flick, Geography Club, and was an instant face that came up for the Captain of the team in this book!

Scarlett Jones: Abbey Cowen

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This beautiful, young redhead has been in VERY popular Netflix shows like Stranger Things and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. I believe that she’d do an amazing job of capturing Scarlett Jones’s flirty and sarcastic demeanor!

Cat Brannock: Ruby Rose, or Halsey

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Cat Brannon has a look that says, “I’m a badass, so don’t mess with this bitch.” She has a fauxhawk and tattoos all over her body, so these two chicks were two names that I thought could perfectly match the intensity this character brings to the team!

Fin de Kerran de Seel: Ryan Potter, Colton Haynes, or Nico Tortorella

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Fin is the one character with the snarky remarks, the smartass comments, and was the overall comedic relief of the team. He also has some unexpected depth to him as you read on in the story, and I’d be happy with either of these three actors being casted as him!

Kal Gilwraeth: Christopher Mason

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Kal was by far the hardest character to cast for this post, and part of me is still not 100% with my choice, but it is the best I could find with who else I’ve casted. Kal reminds of some particular character’s I also adore in the Throne of Glass series (Spoiler alert: Rowan Whitethorn), so looking into other fancasts of him helped me come up with some possible names for Kal.

Zila Madran: Anna Diop

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Anna Diop plays Starfire in the CW’s show Titans which is obviously about the DC Comics Teen Titans franchise. Personally, I love that they made the character a POC (why not?), and Anna has a look that reminded me of the the young scientist who I don’t think is a sociopath, but rather just has Aspergers or some version of Autism (not confirmed, just speculation on my part! Correct me if I’m wrong!)

Auri O’Malley: Ellen Wong, or Liza Soberano

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Ellen Wong is a small woman full of big spirit! At least, that’s the impression I got when I’ve seen her in the Netflix show, GLOW. Liza is also a name I’m throwing out there, just because I think she also looks like the character!

Megellan: Taika Waititi

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Okay, I know Magellan is actually just a smartphone that has Artificial Intelligence, but I totally heard Taika’s voice/personality whenever the gadget spoke up in the story!

That’s All for Now!

This Fancast is made based off just reading the first book in the trilogy, so expect more names and faces to be added to this post as I read on in the story and meet more characters, but I also plan to post about it whenever I have any updates. Feel free to tell me what you think on my casting ideas!

Thanks for Reading!

— Nick Goodsell

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