From the moment Passionflix announced they would be adapting This Man by New York Times Bestselling author Jodi Ellen Malpas for the big screen, fans began dreaming up their ideas for who could play the mysterious Jesse Ward. Jodi’s This Man book series is one that continues to draw in new readers all the time. It’s an intriguing story and it really is a well written series. In case you’re not familiar with it, here’s the synopsis.
Young interior designer Ava O’Shea has an appointment for a first consultation at The Manor with the owner, Mr. Jesse Ward. She is expecting nothing more than an overweight, cravat wearing, well-to-do countryman, and on arrival, nothing would suggest otherwise. How wrong could she be? This Man is devastatingly handsome, charming, and confident. He is also a conceited, hedonistic playboy, who knows no boundaries. Ava desperately does not want to be attracted to him, but she can’t control the overwhelming effect he has on her. Every instinct is telling her to run, so she does, but Jesse Ward is not so willing to let her go. He wants her and is determined to have her. She knows she is heading for heartbreak, but how can she run when he won’t let her?
Okay, now that you have the background, we can introduce you to the Lord of the Manor himself.
Tyler Cook has been cast as Jesse Ward and we are so excited to see what he brings to this character. One thing I have to say is, having read the This Man series I know this is not going to be an easy role to play. Jesse has a lot of baggage, and his past is dark. One could say it’s even darker than Christian Grey’s. We would never want to compare the two but that’s the best way to describe this story for someone who has read Fifty Shades but not This Man. I’m sure that there have been some tweaks to the story for the sake of the film but even still, Tyler has a big job ahead of him. We have high hopes that he can do it and he’s in good hands with Tosca Musk and Mary Pocrnic working on this film.
Right now, we still don’t know who will play Jesse’s leading lady Ava O’Shea, which is the other casting we’re all waiting on, but we will be continuing to stalk the Passionflix page until then. In the meantime, you can enjoy this behind-the-scenes video of Tyler from his This Man promo photoshoot.