Warner Bros must have been impressed with their “Project X” star Thomas Mann (the surprising $21 million opening weekend box office probably helped), as they’re now in negotiations with him for their answer to “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games”, supernatural teen romance “Beautiful Creatures.” Variety reports Mann is in talks to join the cast that’s headlined by two relatively unknown young actors, Jack O’Connell and Alice Englert, and also includes Emmy Rossum, Viola Davis and Emma Thompson.
In the Richard LaGravenese adapted and directed film based on the first novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, 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. Rossum plays bad witch Ridley while Mann will take on the role of Link, Ethan’s musically inclined and loyal best friend. The human-supernatural creature romance here is played out here throughout a series of four books, so the young stars have a lot riding on the franchise potential of this first movie.
Mann made his feature film debut only two years ago in Emma Roberts-Zach Galifianakis comedy “It’s Kind of a Funny Story”, but has been a fast rising star since. He’ll appear alongside Claire Danes and James Marsden in indie “As Cool As I Am” before taking the male lead opposite Victoria Justice in Josh Schwartz’s directorial debut “Fun Size”, and also has a supporting role in Jeremy Renner-Gemma Arterton revisionist fairy tale “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.”