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Blood Meridian (Fan Cast List)

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"Based on historical events that took place on the Texas-Mexico border in the 1850's, Blood Meridian is an epic novel that traces the fortunes of the Kid, a fourteen-year-old Tennesseean who stumbles into a nightmarish world in which the market for Indian scalps is thriving."
Tye Sheridan as THE KID
"The novel's anti-heroic protagonist, the kid is a Tennessean initially in his mid-teens whose mother died in childbirth and who flees from his father to Texas. He is said to have a disposition for bloodshed and is involved in many vicious actions early on; he takes up inherently violent professions, specifically being recruited by murderers including Captain White, and later, by Glanton and his gang, to secure release from a prison in Chihuahua, Mexico. The kid takes part in many of the Glanton gang's scalp-hunting rampages, but gradually displays a moral fiber that ultimately puts him at odds with the Judge. "The kid" is later, as an adult, referred to as "the man," when he encounters the judge again after nearly three decades."
John Sharian as JUDGE HOLDEN
"or "the judge": An enormous, pale, and hairless man who often seems almost mythical or supernatural, Judge Holden is a dedicated examiner and recorder of the natural world and a supremely violent and perverted character. He rides with (though also remains largely independent from) Glanton's gang after they find him sitting on a rock in the middle of the desert and he saves them from an Apache attack using his exceptional intellect, skill, and nearly superhuman strength. It is hinted at that he and Glanton have forged some manner of a pact, possibly for the very lives of the gang members. He gradually becomes the antagonist to the kid after the dissolution of Glanton's gang, frequently making brief reunions with the kid to mock, debate with, or terrorize him. He is the most philosophical of the scalp hunters and appears remarkably well-educated; however, he perceives the world as fatalistic and liable to an endless cycle of bloody conquest, with human nature defined by violence; he asserts, ultimately, that "War is god.""
Jackie Early Haley as LOUIS TOADVINE
"A seasoned outlaw the kid originally encounters in a vicious brawl and who then burns down a hotel, Toadvine is distinguished by his head which has no ears and his forehead branded with the letters H, T, (standing for "horse thief") and F. He later reappears unexpectedly as a cellmate of the kid in the Chihuahua prison. Here, he somewhat befriends the kid, negotiating his and the kid's release in return for joining Glanton's gang, to whom he claims dishonestly that he and the kid are experienced scalp hunters. Toadvine is not as depraved as the rest of the gang and opposes the judge's methods ineffectually, but is still a violent individual himself. He is hanged in Los Angeles alongside David Brown."
Viggo Mortensen as CAPTAIN WHITE
"or "the captain": An ex-professional soldier and American supremacist who believes that Mexico is a lawless nation destined to be conquered by the United States, Captain White leads a ragtag group of militants into Mexico. The kid joins Captain White's escapades before his capture and imprisonment; he later discovers that White has been decapitated by his enemies."
Daniel Day-Lewis as JOHN JOEL GLANTON
"Glanton is the American leader (sometimes deemed "captain") of a band of scalphunters who murder Indians as well as Mexican civilians and militants alike. His history and appearance are not clarified, except that he is physically small with black hair and has a wife and child in Texas though he has been banned from returning there because of his criminal record. A clever strategist, his last major action is to seize control of a profitable Colorado River ferry, which leads him and most of his gang to be killed in an ambush by Yuma Indians."
Robert Carlyle as TOBIN, THE EX-PRIEST
"A former novice of some unspecified order, Ben Tobin instead turns to a life of crime in Glanton's gang, though remains deeply religious. He feels an apparently friend-like bond with the kid and abhors the judge and his philosophy; he and the judge gradually become great enemies. Although he survives the Yuma massacre of Glanton's gang, he is shot in the neck by the judge and seeks medical attention in San Diego. His ultimate fate, however, remains unknown."
Jon Bernthal as DAVID BROWN
"An especially radical member of the Glanton band, David Brown becomes known for his dramatic displays of violence. He wears a necklace of human ears (similar to the one worn by Bathcat before his immolation). He is arrested in San Diego and sought out by Glanton personally, who seems especially concerned to see him freed (though Brown ends up securing his own release). Though he survives the Yuma massacre, he is captured with Toadvine in Los Angeles and both are hanged."
Robert Patrick as THE WHITE JOHN JACKSON
"is a name shared by two men in Glanton's gang— one black, one white— who detest one another and whose tensions frequently rise when in each other's presence. After trying to drive the black Jackson away from a campfire with a racist remark, the white one is decapitated by the black one; the black Jackson later becomes the first person murdered in the Yuma massacre."
Tony Todd as THE BLACK JOHN JACKSON
"is a name shared by two men in Glanton's gang— one black, one white— who detest one another and whose tensions frequently rise when in each other's presence. After trying to drive the black Jackson away from a campfire with a racist remark, the white one is decapitated by the black one; the black Jackson later becomes the first person murdered in the Yuma massacre."
Tommy Lee Jones as THE REVEREND GREEN
"a Christian preacher whom the judge falsely accuses of debauchery and is murdered as a result by an angry mob."
Tom Waits as SPEYER
"an arms dealer described as a Prussian Jew"
Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu
"Alejandro González Iñárritu was born in Mexico City, the son of Luz María Iñárritu and Hector González Gama.[1] Crossing the Atlantic Ocean on a cargo ship at the age of 16 and 18, González Iñárritu worked his way across Europe and Africa.[2][3] He has noted that these early travels as a young man have had a great influence on him as a filmmaker.[3] The setting of his films have often been in the places he visited during this period. After his travels, González Iñárritu returned to Mexico City and majored in communications at Universidad Iberoamericana.[4]"

Recently directed "The Revenant"
Written & Produced by THE COEN BROTHERS
"American filmmakers. They have directed over 15 films together that are often characterized as being "genre-bending", having covered comedy, crime, the Western, horror, thriller, gangster, drama, romance, adventure, and features of neo-noir."

Their direction and production of "No Country For Old Men" which was also another novel by Cormac McCarthy was done excellently by these two.

Not only a favorite of Cormac McCarthy's novels but also one of my favorite novels in general; Blood Meridian or The Evening Redness in the West. It has been said that this novel cannot be filmed, that it would be too difficult, basically impossible. I challenge this, providing for you here some ideas on how I believe it could be done its justice. I have hope! I would love to see this book as a movie in my lifetime! Before it's too late!

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