Arabella Beckett - She may be happy-go-lucky at times, but she takes her involvement in the suffragist movement very seriously. She is described as friendly and kind with blond hair and a beautiful face. She is 24-years-old and has a fiery side when provoked. Who better than the feisty Ginger Rogers?
For a modern cast I thought of Hillary Duff.
Theodore Wilder - Private detective. Said to be the most handsome man in all of New York City (at least in the year 1888). Yet he also has the reputation as one of the most chauvinist. Of course he falls for Arabella, local leader of the suffrage movement. The way he was described in the book made me think of Armie Hammer.
With a classic cast I pictured Nelson Eddy...
Agatha Watson - Arabella's feminist friend who not only supports female suffrage, but also has a job as a journalist (shocking!). Granted, she has to write using a male pseudonym to get published. I first pictured her looking like Victoria Hamilton when her dark hair and thick eyebrows were described, but since Victoria Hamilton is too old to play a 19-year-old girl I decided to "cast" fellow Brit, Lily Collins.
For a classic cast, I settled on Olivia de Haviland.
Zayne Beckett - Arabella's older brother who breaks hearts wherever he goes. He may be the most eligible bachelor in NYC (along with his best friend, Theodore Wilder), but he has no plans to settle down any time soon. He's also close friends with Agatha. Charismatic and handsome:
Lady Eliza - Although she was born into the British aristocracy, Eliza moved to NYC and married the oldest of the Beckett siblings, Hamilton. While not involved in the suffragist movement like Arabella and Agatha, she is fiercely independent and extremely wealthy. While she is described as beautiful, she's not quite as striking as Agatha or Arabella with her red hair and sparse freckles. I decided on British actress Evanna Lynch.
And Rita Hayworth
Gloria Beckett - Although older, she's still pretty. Since her life's goal is to see all of her children married, she does a lot of interfering and scheming. While she is supportive of the suffrage movement, she is not involved like Arabella is.
James - The villain whose last name I just can't remember. This mentally deranged kidnapper preys on beautiful women, typically prostitutes.
While Jimmy Stewart is known for his loveable characters like "George Bailey", he also played a few bad guys. He actually carried off the part of a psychopath (even if just for a moment) quite well in After the Thin Man.
I don't know what it is about Kellan Lutz, but he creeps me out so I figured he make a good bad guy.