It’s “Twilight” with Southern accents and a little gender reversal in the first teaser trailer for “Beautiful Creatures”, the Richard LaGravenese directed adaptation of the hit teen paranormal romance series. Alice Englert plays the pale and mysterious loner who appears to have dangerous magical powers this time around, while Alden Ehrenreich is the popular guy who can’t help but be drawn to her. Together they are Ethan and Lena, the star-crossed couple at the center of the four part book series hoping to strike a cord with movie audiences the way they have with readers.
A little telekinesis, some kissing in the rain, and a new teen franchise is born? At least that’s what Warner Bros is hoping for. It looks like Emmy Rossum gets the fun role here, as a dark witch who tempts good girl Lena into joining her, while veteran actors Jeremy Irons, Emma Thompson and Viola Davis engage in some supernatural shenanigans as well, and the Southern Gothic setting is well and truly represented here in intriguing fashion.
“Beautiful Creatures” will be released on February 15, 2013, just a long enough mourning period after “Breaking Dawn Part II” for teenage girls to be ready to embrace a new Edward and Bella. See the first trailer below and decide for yourself whether Ehrenreich and Englert are up to the task.