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Please look at the sentence below.

The ________ of actors and actresses is very important in this movie I will make.

Which of the following three words fit best in the blank space?

  • population, pick or combination

I myself like pick better.

Are there any better words?

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  • I would pick "The cast is very important", ie. use Josh's suggestion but drop the "actors and actresses" as it's redundant. – quant Nov 2 '14 at 8:20
  • Alternatively, to emphasise the "picking" of the cast: "The casting of this movie is very important". – Neil W Nov 2 '14 at 8:47
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Cast is the term generally used to refer to: : (From TFD)

  • The actors in a play, movie, or other theatrical presentation.

  • In the performing arts, casting (or casting call) is a pre-production process for selecting a cast of actors, dancers, singers, models and other talent for a live or recorded performance.

I think cast covers the meaning of the three terms that you are suggesting. If you want to use one of them probably pick/choice fit best.

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