Billy Campbell has been cast as Julian’s father Thomas Fineman in the upcoming Delirium tv series. Billy was in the tv show The Killing as a mayoral candidate and will now play the lead of the DFA in the Delirium show.
The full article on this casting can be read here!
Last week, it was announced that Emma Roberts will be playing Lena in the Delirium TV series. Let’s find out more about the actress!
Lena had always described herself as in between. She said she was not ugly, but she was not pretty either. She is 5’2″ in height and have a brown hair. She described her eyes as not green or brown, but a muddle.
Emma Rose Roberts (born February 10, 1991) is an American actress, model and singer. She is the daughter of actor Eric Roberts and niece of Julia Roberts. Roberts became known for her role as Addie Singer in the Nickelodeon television series Unfabulous. She released her debut album, which also served as the show’s soundtrack Unfabulous and More. Roberts then pursued a solo singing career by recording two songs for the soundtracks of Ice Princess and Aquamarine (in which Roberts starred as one of the leads). Roberts then began to focus on her acting career, the title character in the 2007 film Nancy Drew, and her voice-over debut in The Flight Before Christmas.
Share your thoughts on Emma as Lena in the comments! Is she the right choice?
Right after being caught buying Delirium, the news came out that Emma Roberts has been cast as Lena for the FOX TV adaptation of Delirium.
Entertainment Weekly reported the news just this morning:
Emma Roberts is returning to TV as the star of Fox’s Delirium.
The Nancy Drew and Scream 4 actress has been cast in the lead role in Fox’s pilot based on the bestselling young adult novels by Lauren Oliver.
The books take place in an alternative present-day Maine when civilization has been partly destroyed by war and a totalitarian government teaches that love is literally a disease (commonly called the delirium). There’s a surgical cure for love that’s mandatory for citizens 18 and older. The story follows 17-year-old Lena (Roberts) who is eagerly awaiting her turn to get the cure when she falls in love with an Invalid (a person who hasn’t taken the cure that lives in the wilderness). Not surprisingly, the story has draw some comparisons to The Hunger Games and Twilight.
Roberts previously starred in the Nickelodeon series Unfabulous then went onto big-screen roles including the upcoming Empire State and We’re the Millers. Karyn Usher (Prison Break) wrote the pilot and is an executive producer alongside Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope, Paula Mazur and Mitchell Kaplan on the 20th Century Fox TV project.
This casting news is something I don’t think any fan saw coming.
Bellow is a statement released by Lauren Oliver herself airing her thoughts on the upcoming Delirium TV series.
Wow! I’m amazed by how many passionate and dedicate fans have reached out to me to express their feelings about the fact that Delirium is being turned into a TV series. I know a lot of you are really disappointed; TV series, unlike movies, take place over many, many seasons, and require an immense amount of plot material—far more than a single book trilogy can provide. This means that as Fox begins to translate and transmute the material, we can expect a lot of changes.
I admit, I was really worried at first.Yes, the TV series will probably change many plot elements of the book. But the truth is, my book, translated 100 percent faithfully, would not MAKE for very good small- (or even big- ) screen entertainment. It is meditative and quiet and fairly slow-moving. Characters critical to the overall series arc don’t appear until Book 3—and some critical characters drop out for all of Book 2. Any intelligent, creative person preparing to launch a series based on Delirium, a series that might potentially last for years on TV, would make changes to the structure of my books, to the romantic entanglements and the pace at which we learn information. I would, if I were a TV writer.
But, of course, I’m not a TV writer. I write books, and Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem are my books. They will not vanish from shelves when the TV program is released. They will not spontaneously combust. Their life on the shelves, and in the world, might even be prolonged, meaning that more people will find their way into my world and my words. I’m grateful for this. Authors want their books, like their children, to have very long and happy lives. To make an adaptation of a book, you necessarily have to adapt. This means that the story and the characters might have to change… but also that it helps to change the way that we think about the show. Instead of a xerox copy of the books, where we know everything that will happen, we get to embark on a new exploration of the world and its characters, one that will remain faithful to thespirit and the message of the story.
In the meantime, I’m excited that Fox believes there’s enough interesting material in the world of Delirium to generate a rich, detailed, long-lasting TV program. I have faith that it will be a great show. I hope you will keep the faith with me.
I shall admit that I was also concerned about the adaptations to the book. Of course what Lauren says is true, for a tv series the entire Delirium universe gets to be explored and the stories that we know will be apart of it but we will get to experience the excitement of new ones also.
I had the same fear when Vampire Diaries was made into a tv show and I fell in love with the tv show although it is not solely based on the books. I have an ever optimistic mind that this Delirium tv show will also find the place in my heart and I will love it as I do the books!
Do you have any thoughts on this? We would like to know!
By now, I think we have all heard about the proposed Fox Television adaptation of Delirium. And I think we’ve all been very anxiously awaiting some information on the changes that are going to be made. Well, today we have some news (already!) from this article on zap2it! And if the adaptation turns out to be like what they’re reporting, we should be expecting some very big changes.
Here are the four most radical changes they’re reporting:
1. Julian Fineman. In the novels, Julian is a character introduced in the second book, “Pandemonium.” His father is a public figure, leading the DFA — Deliria-Free America — cause against the Invalids. In the proposed television series, Julian is introduced right off the bat, as a sickly young man who lives next door to Lena’s best friend, Hana, and is confused by his powerful attraction to her, though she’s not particularly interested. Yes — Julian and Hana.
2. Lena’s mother. In the novels, Lena’s mother’s suicide makes Lena long for the cure and fear the dangers of love. In the pilot, it’s actually Lena’s father who she believes died because he was infected with “Deliria.” When she learns some shocking revelations about what actually happened to him, she’s driven to take drastic measures.
3. Ren. The pilot introduces a new character, Ren, another Invalid who is Alex’s best friend. Though Alex falls hard and fast for Lena, he’s oblivious to the fact that Ren’s feelings for him go beyond friendship. She’s a key part of the Invalid’s plan to resist the DFA, and ultimately goes undercover to infiltrate the government she’s planning to revolt against.
4. Pacing. The first episode of the TV series actually covers the entire plot of the first book, in addition to including information about Julian and the DFA that readers didn’t learn until the sequel. Of course, in order to cram all of that into 42 minutes, there are certain moments that are lost — particularly key bonding moments between Alex and Lena, like when he took her to his home in the Wilds, and the first time she was introduced to poetry. We’re hopeful that those things will come into play later.
This Julian news and the news about Lena’s mother (or father now, apparently) seem to be the most radical. How do you feel about these changes? Like them? Hate them? Mixed feelings?
A Delirium series fan asked Lauren via her tumblr blogabout the concern some fans have surrounding the Delirium series now being made into a tv series and not a movie.
Bellow is the question an Lauren’s response.
Dear Lauren, do not you think that to shoot TV series would be a mistake? Many fans still waiting for the movie. On behalf of them, I want to say that we’re upset. If you are still going to shoot series, at least it does not repeat the fate of book “The Vampire Diaries.” We’re worried.
I’m really excited about the TV series! I know it will likely present many differences from the book—but I don’t think that will necessarily be a bad thing. It’s an opportunity to explore many different aspects of the world that I was only superficially able to address in the series. I know some fans may be disappointed by the network’s interpretation, but I hope you’ll stay open to the fluidity of story-telling and the way that my series will be adapted to a longer narrative!
I can only speak for myself here but I for one am really excited about the tv series idea. My only reservation is you American fans will get it before little old me over here in the UK. I will be green with envy. Why are your thoughts. Are you worried?
Pitch Dark, one of Harper Teen’s fantastic online communities promoting fantasy and dystopian books including the Delirium trilogy, has listed their dream picks for the “future Emmy winning TV series”, Delirium!
Here are their choices:
LENA – Daveigh Chase
HANA – Imogen Poots
CHECK OUT THE PITCH DARK BLOG to see their choices for Alex and Julian, then tell us what you think!
Who would you cast in your perfect version of the television show?