Million Dollar Que$tion
by Ellie Campbell
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Women's Fiction, ChickLit
Release Date: April 25, 2015
Just as a huge financial scandal ejects Olivia Wheeler from her high-flying Manhattan job and high-society engagement, a silver Mercedes pulls up at lonely single-mother Rosie Dixon’s house with a cheque for one million pounds from the Premium Bonds. Two very different strokes of luck. And yet both women have more in common than they realize. While Olivia struggles with the humiliations of surviving in London broke and homeless, shy unassuming Rosie discovers that unexpected wealth arrives with its own mega-load of problems.
Can a career-obsessed workaholic find a passion for something earthier and warmer than cold hard cash? And can Rosie sift through envy and greed to discover true friends, true family and even true love?
Two strangers who've never met. Yet neither realises how each is affecting the other’s destiny or the places their paths touch and fates entwine.
But will they surmount the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune?
That is the million dollar question.
So here we are planning our imaginary dream cast for our brand-new novel Million Dollar Question. Which, it turns out, is a whole lot of fun and yet harder than you would think, even if we don’t have to cough up for big Hollywood star salaries. But anyway here we go. Gosh, we really want to see this movie now.
Red-haired, foxy, somewhat mercenary and ambitious, she’s a financial whiz kid, living in New York until she loses her job and her fortune. Amy Adams jumps to mind. Right age, right coloring and after starring in Shopaholic and Leap Year we know she’s good at playing someone driven, uptight, and uppity that you enjoy seeing taken down a peg. Plus she’s funny.
Definitely more of a challenge. Rosie a mother of twins, very sweet, unassuming, insecure and shy and pining for her ex-husband. Don’t want anyone too overly sexy and confident, like Cameron Diaz, and hard to imagine Kate Winslett playing anyone that vulnerable. But Rachel McAdams would be a great choice. She’s pretty without being unrealistically glamorous. She’s got a great acting range and could still be believable as a normal British housewife.
Rosie’s ex-husband, a good-looking car salesman, who has left her and her sons for another woman. We absolutely have to pick Jude Law. He has the perfect blend of roguish unscrupulous charm. The man who swept her off her feet and who she is desperate to win back even if he ‘done her wrong’.
The rugged Scot Rosie meets in Marbella and then again in Skye. Ewan MacGregor – who else could it be? He’s sexy but in a very real, manly way – not conventional movie star handsome but incredibly appealing and a great actor. He’d look quite at home tramping across the heather or winning Rosie over with his boy next door friendliness while perhaps hiding ulterior motives.
Zac is a gorgeous wicked womanizer, able to sweep a woman off his feet with his piratical devil-may-care charm. He’s an unabashed bad boy. Hugh Grant would have been perfect in his day, (or Colin Farrell if not too old), but we have picked a different Hugh – Hugh Dancy. He has Zac’s combination of dark hair and striking eyes, although Zac’s are blue so perhaps contact lenses. Have to say Hugh Dancy is also head-turningly beautiful.
Zac’s brother. Marcus is an independent documentary film-maker, in turns serious, intense, funny, idealistic, enthusiastic. We love the idea of Jim Sturgess for the part. At least one of us has had a crush on him ever since he starred in the Beatle-inspired musical Across The Universe and he has an appealing twinkle in his eye while being incredibly soulful. And he has the crazy sticky-up hair of a mad genius.
Rosie’s BFF. Dark, beautiful, street-smart with an inner-city toughness and competitive sexiness. She feigns a cynical attitude about men and yet she’s secretly romantic and passionate enough to chain herself to railings for a cause she believes in. Thandie Newton embodies all that – she’s a fantastic actress and her inter-racial parentage adds to the cultural melting pot that is typical and so great about London.