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3rd October
2010
written by DouglasRogers

Film rights for The Last Resort just bought by the BBC. Any cast suggestions?

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179 Comments

  1. Judy Guffey
    13/10/2010

    No suggestions for cast….just absolutely delighted that your story will get the wide-spread audience it deserves!

  2. Dominic
    17/10/2010

    Congratulations! Just finished the book a few minutes ago. Absolutely loved it.

  3. chris malcarney
    18/10/2010

    How about Pee Wee Herman as the journalist who lives in Brooklyn? He’d be perfect! And not Pee Wee from Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, either. I’m talking about the Pee Wee who got caught going number 3 in that movie theater.

  4. David Scoullar
    22/10/2010

    Hi Douglas,

    Just finished “Last Resort” in 2-reads. A great book which is at the same time funny and tragic. My hearty congratulations on the film deal.

    I am an Aussie but spent time in Zim off and on from 1991 to 1997 (my last visit) as my father worked there with the UN from 1991-94. What a wonderful hopeful time the early 1990s were and what a dissapointment Mugabe made it. I hope that, with time, international support but most importantly the will of the magnificent Zimbabwean people it can be returned (and perhaps eclipse) to its former glory.

    Well done – and good luck to you, your family and your people.

    Cheers,
    Dave Scoullar

  5. Nick Baldwin
    24/10/2010

    Loved the book and looking forward to the BBC doing it justice.

    Actor suggestions incl: Lucien Msamati = http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1748634/

    Denton Chikura & Tonderai Munyevu
    http://www.twogentsproductions.com/wordpress/about

  6. 25/10/2010

    I have a friend in Zim who is an actor and may be a good person for the part of you! His name is Kevin Hanssen (http://www.kevinhanssen.com/). He will have lots of contacts to black Zimbabwean actors out there too.

  7. sue randle
    26/10/2010

    Jim Broadbent – Mr Rogers
    Sue Johnson – Mrs Rogers or Madge from Benidorm

  8. Sarah
    29/10/2010

    No suggestions – but I really hope they will look to Africa for this. There are so many African stories made into films, with Americans or British cast… And, although I am speaking with knowledge only of South Africa and not Zim, I know there is such amazing talent here that really also (having grown up with so many similar experiences) could bring a more real feel to their performances.

    What a wonderful book. I haven’t been to Zim in over 10 years, but it really is such a beautiful country with such friendly people… Your description of the place gave me goosebumps. Thank you!

  9. 22/11/2010

    what a great book – fascinating to read about the real day to day lives of people on the ground in Zim! I think Zoë Wanamaker (Susan Harper in the sitcom My Family) could play a good role for Rosalind Rogers .. for Lyn Rogers not too sure! Good luck !

  10. Mark Wood
    27/11/2010

    A magnificent book Douglas. Thanks.

    On casting for your mom and dad wouldn’t it be wonderful if it was an opportunity to unearth some hidden talent in Zim or SA?

    From the European talent pool I would suggest Colm Meaney as your old man.

  11. Julia Salnicki
    11/12/2010

    Loved the book, cant wait for the movie. Helen Mirren is a cert for your Mom and if Sir Richard Attenborough was alive he would have been perfect for your Father – so I’ll ponder on that one, cheers.

  12. Dawn Shumway
    02/01/2011

    Meryl Streep should play your mom. I loved the book.

  13. Lauren Fabian
    05/01/2011

    Thank you for sharing your family’s story !
    I hope the BBC can produce a movie as beautiful as your book.
    and this can bring attention to plight of zimbabwe and bring some revenue to Mutare.

    I was happy to go online and finally see a photo of your parents.
    who would you like to see play your mom and dad in the movie ?

  14. Sylvia Lee
    09/01/2011

    For your mother. . .Helen Mirren
    For your father . . .Donald Sutherland
    For yourself. . .Keifer Sutherland
    Moneypenny. . .No idea.

  15. Jackie Cahi
    10/01/2011

    great that the BBC have bought the rights. Would be a wonderful boost for the local film industry – we are onside for cast, crew and logistics. lots of experience with all sorts of films.

  16. Nicky Monro
    11/01/2011

    Fantastic news! I loved the book. for sure, it is all going to be in the characterization which was what was so brilliant about the book.

  17. Richard
    11/01/2011

    I sincerely hope that the “Beeb” casts local actors (to support the local industry first and foremost) rather than having those pseudo-Rhodie accents ala Di Caprio in ‘Blood Diamonds’.

    Although (not knowing what Douglas looks like or what his Rhodie-US accent sounds like these days) Matt Damon could be a good start for the author’s role having had a pretty good showing as Francois Pienaar in ‘Invictus’.

  18. Maryjane Westra
    15/01/2011

    Morgan Freeman for Tendai. Kathryn Hepburn for your mother. Whoopie Goldberg as the successful woman farmer.

  19. Maryjane Westra
    15/01/2011

    Wait! Whoopie Goldberg as Moneypenny.

  20. Geoffrey Walker
    17/01/2011

    Your mother and father…Emma Thompson and Hugh Lawrie.

  21. Geoffrey Walker
    17/01/2011

    Michael Caine also needs to be there…

  22. Bev vam Onselen
    20/01/2011

    I could smell & see Zim – feel and visualise it. The book captured it all – warts and all. Loved it.

  23. 26/01/2011

    Geoffrey Rush for your father? He’s good with accents. Hugh Jackman as Douglas (the sexiest man alive – hahaha!)

  24. Nicholas Bratton
    28/01/2011

    Forrest Whitaker should play Walter. He did a brilliant job as Idi Amin in “The Last King of Scotland”. He has the size and presence to make a compelling war vet.

  25. Terry Tee
    29/01/2011

    Douglas, you mention in the book being impressed at Leonardo di Caprio’s Rhodesian accent in Blood Diamonds. May I suggest him to play you.

    Greetings from London. I also studied at Rhodes. And grew up in Mashonaland.

  26. Janice Corrigan
    02/02/2011

    Charlotte Rampling would be a good choice for the Mom. She looks beautiful yet strong.

  27. Wayne Johnson
    10/02/2011

    Douglas Rogers as Douglas Rogers would be a natural start. For latter period, at least.

  28. 15/02/2011

    I’m an actor in Zimbabwe and very connected with a lot of local Zimbabwean actors. I formed a theatre company called Over the Edge. You may know one of our actors, Lucian Msamati, who has acted extensively in the West End and played JLB Matekoni in TV series of The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency. Let me know if you’re looking for local Zimbabwean actors to play parts (myself included ;-) ) and best of luck with pre production. You can see more about me at http://www.kevinhanssen.com

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  178. 27/01/2016

    Hi Roger

    I just wanted to enquire if there have been any further developments on this film project?

    Best wishes
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