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One of our favorite debut novels of 2012, The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker, finally has a director lined up for its highly anticipated movie adaptation. Catherine Hardwicke, whose past directorial credits include “Twilight,” “Thirteen,” and “Red Riding Hood” has been confirmed as the director, according to Deadline. Eleven-year-old Julia is the heroine of this coming-of-age story, living at a time when some pretty crazy things are happening to the world around her. The earth’s axis slows, and consequently, the days become longer, gravity changes, and people start to panic.
Hardwicke has been an incredibly in-demand director since the first “Twilight” film put her on the blockbuster map in 2008, and was slated to direct a number of young adult novel adaptations, including James Dasher’s The Maze Runner. Hardwicke recently dropped out of the Dashner adaptation, however, in favor of The Age of Miracles — which is fine by us. There are few female directors working today that bring such truth and vulnerability to the young women they direct on screen. This is especially true in Hardwicke’s poignantly gritty debut, “Thirteen,” and the powerhouse performances she cajoled from leading ladies Nikki Reed and Evan Rachel Wood.
Ever since we finished reading The Age of Miracles last summer, we have not been able to get the characters out of our heads. This inspired us to play casting director and imagine the dream cast for The Age of Miracles. If you have read Karen Thompson Walker’s novel, do you agree with our nominations?