If you were a movie director, who would you pick to be Ralph?Basically, I'm trying to think of someone who would fit in Ralph's role in a modern day Lord of the Flies movie but so far I haven't had...

If you were a movie director, who would you pick to be Ralph?

Basically, I'm trying to think of someone who would fit in Ralph's role in a modern day Lord of the Flies movie but so far I haven't had any luck. The actor would probably have to be in shape, young, have blonde hair, etc.

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coachingcorner | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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This is a great question because it allows for personal opinion on the qualities of Ralph, the character from William Golding's Lord of The Flies.'

I wouldn't worry too much about hair - that is nothing to movie directors - it can be dyed - they can achieve all sorts of effects nowadays.

Character-wise, if Daniel Radcliffe was younger, or if the movie was being made a few years ago, he would fit because he has these qualities as an actor:

1) He is English! (He would be able to speak convincingly and very naturally)

2) He has shown himself to be 'a decent chap' in the Harry Potter movies. For example, he listens and considers the opinions of others, he is measured and balanced in his actions, he is a typical hero because he can 'face the monster' stepping up to the plate by himself.

3) He is polite and courteous at all times towards Hermione and his friends.

4) He can get inside the idea of boarding school life from his Hogwarts experiences.

One fly in the ointment? That would be Ralph's treatment of Piggy - I think he showed moral cowardice in not taking on board Piggy's advances of genuine friendship and lack of judgement in not recognising Piggy's unique gift of wisdom.

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jseligmann | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

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There have already been three movie versions of "Lord of the Flies." The first, made in 1963 and was directed by Peter Brook. It was in black and white and seemed to me to be quite faithful to the novel. The next version was made in 1990 and was directed by Sara Schiff. The movie, this time, was shot in color and used American actors. It was far less faithful to the book, as it took many liberties with the plot and characters and added a number of scenes and complications of its own. The last version was a 2008 film made of a stage adaptation of the novel. Reviews of both the stage production and the film were generally good.

So, are we ready for a fourth version of the Golding novel? I doubt it strongly. Unless someone comes up with a wildly artistic and riveting vision for the book, we may have seen the last of it on film for a while.

Unless... unless... Perhaps someone could envision a cartoon/anime-style interpretation. One could almost imagine a film done in this manner, a film that spirals its characters and their island down into darker and darker territories of the human soul. Ralph and all the other characters could be drawn just as they were described in the novel.

Like I said, I don't expect a remake in the near future... but a cartoon or computer generated graphics version may be the way to go one day...

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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That is a great question. Ralph should be a person with these qualities:

1. Brave, great leadership, just and fair, but also prone to make mistakes.

2. He should also be blond, tall and attractive.

In the light of these points, how about making it into an animation. In this way, you don't have to pick a star.

If you had to pick someone, how about the kid you played Anakin in Star wars?

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