Karita Alexander

There was some concern over the idea of the capture of Nessa coming off a bit as a shallow stereotype of the helpless damsel who does nothing for the story except as something for the good guy and bad guy to fight over, show off the fighting skillz of the hero, and then be awarded as a trophy to the good guy for being so good and having such skillz.

Before the podcast discussion on Nessa and her potential capture, I had been imagining a long, leggy, athletic type of woman. It made sense, since she is associated with deer, and is a dancer who marries a wrestler. My imagination was pulling more of an Artemis vibe than a Persephone.

However, I like that idea of Nessa being a symbol of sorts for the innocence of the world and of the Valar, currently under threat of corruption. The underscoring of themes by telling smaller stories that illustrate a bigger story works, and I'd be willing to let go over my version of a more kick-butt Nessa if it would serve the larger story well since, after all, we have many kick-butt female characters on the horizon.

In light of the decision to have Nessa's power lay more in moral fortitude than martial prowess, I am in favor of casting an actress that is quite young. Big, innocent eyes (like a deer!), maybe a little bit on the diminutive side. Someone who could wear flowers in her hair and dance without the slightest bit of self consciousness, who we aren't expecting to throw a flying side kick to Ungoliant's face.
You and I both know that the Valar aren't actually young, but a younger faced actress can be a signal of innocence to our audience.
Any ideas? The only younger actress I know that might fit the bill are Amandla Stenburg (Rue in "The Hunger Games") and Elle Fanning (Aurora in "Maleficent"), both 17 years of age and very lovely.


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Nessa should be an active, athletic type, so here are some suggestions of other active female characters in film to give people some starting points:

Note that Princess Leia is on this list, but obviously Rey would be the more current example of that type of character. Ditto with the current incarnation of House of Flying Daggers being, ummm, name is escaping me, but whatever, there's a new film in the same genre that's current.
Edit 2: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny - the young female lead in this film (and I do mean young!) is Natasha Liu Bordizzo - she has background in tae kwon do, horseback riding, and figure skating.

Edit: Oh, and innocent, yes.
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Nicholas Palazzo

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Ooo... So is Summer Glau. She would be fantastic. She's an excellent dancer, she has the build that we would kind of like to see in Nessa, and she is a good actress (able to play a very wide range).