More ‘Damsels in Distress’ cast

In a comment John Marzan points to the new Damsels in Distress page at IMDb, which includes more cast details. There are only six characters listed so far, plus Adam Brody, so I’ve pulled out the descriptions from the casting call back in June for each one, below.

I’ve just noticed however, that in the earlier post about Greta Gerwig’s casting, she describes her character as “Violet who runs a suicide-prevention center at a liberal arts college,” which ties in with the description of Violet from the June casting call. But then later reports about Adam Brody’s casting say:

> The movie revolves around a group of style-obsessed college girls who take in a new student (Gerwig) … The crux of the story is focused on the relationship between Gerwig’s character and a suitor (Brody).

But that description of a female character sounds more like the casting call’s Lily (“a transfer student, pretty but sad … a man magnet.”) than Violet. “Pretty but sad” certainly sounds up Gerwig’s street, judging solely by her role in Greenberg. As for Brody, it’s not entirely clear whether he plays Tom or the Charlie/Fred character, both of whom are suitors of Lily.

Anyway, on with the new cast…


Lead roles

Megalyn Echikunwoke
Megalyn Echikunwoke

Megalyn Echikunwoke – Rose

Female, about 19 years old, the third member of Violet’s individualistic band, Rose is a stylish Afro-Caribbean / West Indian black girl (an elegant English-colonial, Jamaican, Barbadian etc accent would be a big plus) with strong opinions and good values. Convinced (with some justification) that the men circling around them are playboys and oper-a-tors (Rose likes to hyphenate for effect), Rose is, like the others, intensely sensitive to foul odors, and flees at the scent of B.O. on the morning wind. Much more wary than the other three members of the group, who all seem to believe that wild hearts must be broken, Rose is waiting for perfection in a dance partner, “a dance of truth and beauty and righteousness” that may never get its downbeat intro.

Billy Magnussen
Billy Magnussen

Billy Magnussen – Thor

Male, about 19 or 20, any ethnicity, the only handsome member of the D.U. fraternity, Thor’s parents were ‘precocity addicts’ who forced him to skip kindergarten, in so doing keeping him from ever properly learning colors and their names. Increasingly frustrated by his inability to correctly distinguish between green and blue, Thor pairs off romantically with Heather, and studies very hard in his spare time to learn all the colors of the rainbow. A diligent student (for a D.U. guy), Thor is overjoyed when his efforts are crowned with success.

Supporting roles

Zach Woods – Rick DeWolfe

Male, about 20 – 22, any ethnicity. Conceited, insufferable and handsome, he’s the editor of The Daily Complainer, the campus newspaper, and he jumps on a desk to address the budding journalists in his newsroom. Full of himself and convinced he was put on this earth to bully and cajole and bark orders, he loathes the Roman-letter fraternities which he is determined to close and Violet challenges.

Nick Blaemire – Freak Astaire

About 19-21, any ethnicity, a gangly, oddly dressed male student, he’s a depressive, sad-looking student who takes part in the Suicide Center musical dance program and rehearses a performance of “Things Are Looking Up.” He has taken the stage name of Freak Astaire.

Day players

Domenico D’Ippolito – Male Student

College age, any ethnicity, A male student journalist, he asks Rick De Wolfe how the campus paper, “The Daily Complainer,” got its name…

Michael Jefferson – Grungy Student

(There’s no description of a Grungy Student in the casting call.)


I don’t recall seeing any of them in films or TV shows myself. If you have, and have thoughts on them do let us all know in the comments!

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