*For the record, this post started out as the response to a question posed in the comments section of this blog. After I realized how long and drawn-out my answer was (some might say "bloated"), I decided that it probably made more sense to make it a blog post.
Someone recently asked who my dream cast would be for a Kid Sensation movie. My initial reaction was "Wow." That's further down the road than I've dared to even dream. Moreover, it's a tricky question, because in my mind - when speaking of movie adaptations in a situation like this - it all comes down to budget. Basically, I think Hollywood budgets for the type of film this would mostly get spent in three areas: talent, special effects and marketing. (Naturally there are other costs, but these are the big three.)
In term sof talent, you can decide to spend mega-bucks on a big name like Tom Cruise, knowing that he will be a huge draw for audiences (although that will leave less $$$ to spend on other things). Or you can do what they did in the Harry Potter films: cast unknowns in the lead roles (Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, etc.) and give them a strong supporting cast with lower salary demands (eg, Alan Rickman). Of course, with Harry Potter, the story itself was the big draw: the books were so popular that the movies were bound to be blockbusters.
In essence, I don't know that I have a "dream cast" in mind (although I'm sure there are some Disney Channel stars who would probably be suitable for certain roles). Of course, all of this assumes that I'd have a say in casting; Hollywood could possibly just buy the movie rights - maybe have me do the screenplay as well - then say, 'Shut up - this is our movie..." At this juncture, however, all of this is just wishful thinking...pipe dreams. Still, you've got to have dreams in order for them to come true.