A recent note from mysterysquid: ”Not really a question, but I loved the Natalie Dormer fancasting. Any opinion, as a professional Maupinologist?”
Interesting, isn’t it? She’s not the look I’d have imagined, but speaking French, singing opera and fencing ought to be enough qualification for anyone.
But being asked that made me realise in all these years of working on the book,researching La Maupin and hearing my version of her voice in my head, I’ve never actually done that thing of casting the part.
I have her face in my mind, but it’s an imagined face. Her stance, her walk, her voice - all of it. But it’s not like anyone I’ve seen before.
Now you ask, I had a think about it and the closest I can imagine is more of the look and bearing of Julia Ormond or Rachel Stirling.
But In Natalie Dormer’s defence I’ve really only ever seen her as Margaery.