The Resurrection of Gavin Stone – the casting story

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You may have heard the old saying “success is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration”, famously spoken by Thomas Edison. You’re probably wondering how this is relevant to securing the lead role in a movie. Don’t you just go to an audition and, if you’re what the casting director is looking for, then the part is yours? Sometimes that’s true, but other times, such as the case of Brett Dalton being cast in The Resurrection of Gavin Stone, that tiny bit of divine inspiration is a reward for all the hard work.

Rewind back to the year 2014: Brett Dalton is playing the role of Agent Grant Ward on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and it seems as though everyone has him pigeon-holed. Ward’s the tall, good looking guy who’s terrible with personal relationships but excellent at kicking ass. So far, so very stereotypical.

Meanwhile, up in Chicago, Dallas Jenkins is looking for a leading man to play the title role of Gavin Stone in his upcoming feature film. He’s after a guy who can play a troubled man whose personal life is in ruins, but who goes back to his roots and comes out changed for the better. No ass kicking skills required. In his own words, Dallas wasn’t having much luck.

“We needed someone funny and charismatic and attractive, but also capable of looking/acting like a loser when necessary,” he says about the kind of actor he was searching for.

Enter Dallas’s son, Sam, a big fan of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., who put Brett’s name forward as a candidate. By his own admission Dallas hadn’t seen much of the show but Sam, like so many of us, had clearly seen the amount of hard work that Brett put into making Grant Ward come to life on screen. Sam watched as the dour agent won the hearts of his team and then, like the rest of us, sat there shocked as Turn, Turn, Turn pulled the rug out from under everyone. Brett suddenly had the opportunity to play a completely different role and he truly rose to the challenge.

As Grant Ward took a darker turn, Brett finally had the chance to allow his very complex character to truly shine. He even used the twist within the episode to give his entire Twitter profile a Hydra-theme as a marketing tool for the series. Since then he’s invested in the wardrobe appropriate for the Director of Hydra and is a firm favorite with fans and the press for his insightful and hilarious interviews.

Eventually, Sam’s persistence paid off, and Dallas mentioned Brett’s name to the casting director for the movie. Upon his first reading, Brett immediately fell in love with the script and the rest, as they say, is history.

Brett’s hard work at Yale, on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and in his other projects was clearly the 99% perspiration that paved the way, but we like to think that Sam was the 1% inspiration. We’re certain that The Resurrection of Gavin Stone is going to be the perfect showcase for the talent of everyone involved, especially Brett.

“… I can’t wait for people to see [Brett] show all he can do. Believe me, he’s a ton more than Agent Ward. My son deserves some kudos,” the director proudly says of Brett’s performance.

We couldn’t agree more and we can’t wait to see the film.


The Resurrection of Gavin Stone is slated for release in 2016.

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