Mega future pop/simstim star Tally Isham is one of my fave characters in the Sprawl trilogy. That said I could never quite picture her, however, this globally adored, wholesome yet necessarily racy star. Someone able to stand out in a media-saturated future. Was she a sort of Julia Roberts? Madonna? Audrey Hepburn? No, no, no, not right. Tally Isham - it's a play on talisman, isn't it? Gotta be magical, suffused with supernatural pop charm.
Flipping through YouTube on AppleTV last night I stumbled across a video by a European pop star --one so sugary and megapop it made Abba look and sound like Black Sabbath-- and I immediately found myself thinking, "hey - that's Tally!"
The character would not likely be part of any Neuromancer film, but if one were tasked with casting 'Mona Lisa Overdrive', well, look no further folks because Tally Isham is almost certainly AlizÃ©e Jacotey:
She photographs like a billion dollars
She has number one hits in Hong Kong, Japan and Italy simultaneously
Anybody think they got a better Tally? The gauntlet is officially thrown.