MALYEN “MAL” ORETSEV
I just watched “To all the boys I’ve loved before” again and paid careful attention to Noah to see if I could picture him as Mal, and I think he definitely has the means to pull off the cocky tracker soldier that Mal is at the beginning of the story. I also think he has the ability to show Mal’s vulnerable side.
We’ve pretty much watched Liam James grow up on screen, but he’s really coming into his own these days. If the cast stays closer to the actual character ages, he’d be great to portraying Mal’s earnest, competency, and vulnerability.
Israel is a chameleon of sorts. I’ve seen him as the likeable boy-next-door Josh in TATBILB, and I’ve seen him as the dark-spirited James in Fear the Walking Dead. He’s played so many different types of characters convincingly that I believe he could do justice playing Mal.