Once a rising star on film who fizzled and found a second life on cable as the star of Showtime’s “Shameless”, Emmy Rossum seems poised to make a comeback on the big screen. Variety reports she has landed a pivotal role in Warner Bros’ answer to “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games”, supernatural teen romance “Beautiful Creatures”, based on the best-selling series of books by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. Newcomers Jack O’Connell and Alice Englert will headline as the star crossed lovers and be supported by a strong ensemble cast that already includes Viola Davis and Emma Thompson.
In the Richard LaGravenese adapted and directed film, O’Connell plays Ethan Wate, a popular high school student plagued by dreams of a mysterious girl – who then magically shows up in his town. That girl, of course, is Lena Duchaness, to be played by Englert, an outsider who’s also harboring a dangerous and, ahem, bewitching secret. The human-supernatural creature romance here is played out here throughout a series of four books, setting O’Connell and Englert up for potential franchise stardom in the vein of “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games.” Rossum will play Ridley, Lena’s cousin described as “the ultimate bad girl, with a supernatural twist. She’s all blonde and pink streaked hair, lollipops and chaos. You love to hate her and hate to love her.” Ridley becomes Lena’s sworn enemy after becoming a dark witch on her 16th birthday.
Rossum was on the verge of stardom after being chosen to play Christine in the big screen adaptation of “The Phantom of the Opera” in 2004, but the film was met with lukewarm response and her film career slowed and then halted after 2009’s “Dare” and “Dragonball: Evolution.” However, she has since been receiving rave reviews for her performance as Fiona on Showtime’s salacious family drama “Shameless” and seems to be leveraging it in a smart fashion. “Beautiful Creatures”‘s franchise potential is huge and luckily, her character sticks around for the sequels.