No, those things are great, but the best news you’ve heard about the film adaptation of the book that was YOUR FAVORITE BOOK OF 2016 is that the leads are p-p-p-perfectly cast.
The Hating Game Movie Get a Cast
Let’s be honest, the last time you saw casting announcements for that book-to-screen that you absolutely love, you were, shall we say, less than pleased. You could probably search “casting” here on That’s Normal and find a bunch of articles about those projects we are obsessed with and how we feel about new casting announcements. We’ve always managed our expectations about casts because people get up in arms about hair color, height, body type, etc. and we get it! Those things are pivotal when you are reading the book – especially a romance. But, as we often remind our readers, they are not what casting directors are looking for. And they are not insurmountable obstacles. Remember Sam Heughan?
The Hating Game is BELOVED around here. More than any other book, it was widely read by almost all of our readers to total five star acclaim. We LOVED IT. We devoured it. We re-read it over and over (and still do). We know the main characters better than we think those aloof Hollywood screenwriters and casting directors do. Lucy Hutton is tiny and black headed and adorable and looks perfect with a red lip and her eyes are robins-egg blue. Joshua Templeman is a perfectly creased giant with ink-blue eyes and deep brown hair and muscles that he got just because he hates you. We know them better than anyone, and they need to be PERFECT. Well.
Lucy Hale is Lucy Hutton
I don’t want to start this out on a totally unimportant point, but Lucy was born in my hometown: Memphis, TN. Along with Justin Timberlake, Aretha Franklin, Kathy Bates, Ginnfer Goodwin and Cybil Shepherd, we take care of our precious Memphians when they are out in the wild. WE STAN FOREVER (unless you’re Chris Hardwick). The essential point here is I will fight you if you speak ill of her.
But when it comes to the Pretty Little Liars alum playing our precious Lucinda “Shortcake” Hutton, I’ll still fight you. She’s PERFECT. Look at this red lip.
— Lucy Hale (@lucyhale) April 28, 2019
WE STAN. It’s like she INVENTED Flamethrower with the power of her pout. Now watch her be comedically adept and self-deprecating about being tiny.
From what I can tell, she’s so well suited to our favorite Shortcake that I am actually AGHAST. I mean, look how short she is next to some tall guy in a suit! It’s kismet. I can’t wait to see her in a perfect red dress under a street light in Josh’s arms.
In honor of @Jayson_Blair birthday, here is a Fbf to Life Sentence. Shows get cancelled all the time, but you don’t always get a brother from it. Jayson, you know how I feel about you and how much I love you & @ClaudiaLeeLive pic.twitter.com/yEJVvCmNCI
— Lucy Hale (@lucyhale) May 17, 2019
Robbie Amell is Joshua Templeman
*SIGH* If I have to mourn my favorite casting choice for Joshua Templeman (the Cav’s Kevin Love) because he is in no way an actor, and it was just my head canon anyway, then I have to say: Robbie Amell is a SOLID second choice. We all remember The Duff (also a great book turned movie) and literally one of the greatest locker room scenes of all time.
Tell me that’s not a boy who does cardio at lunch, drinks a protein shake on the way back to the office, and then does weights at night because he has too much restless energy because HE IS IN LOVE WITH HIS COWORKER AND DOESN’T KNOW HOW TO TELL HER. Lord, I love Joshua Templeman.
Comedic chops are in his blood (he’s worked with Greg Daniels), and he certainly looks the part. In fact, if someone were to ask me to morph MY Josh into an actor I would make a police sketch of Robbie Amell (and put it over my bed).
I just want to hug Sally Thorne a million times over because her amazing book is going to be the cutest movie with the most perfect cast members! It’s too much. I need some strawberries.