February 1, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Without nearly as much fanfare as their fellow YA adaptations, the three leads of the upcoming adaptation of Richelle Mead series “Vampire Academy” were announced today via the film’s official Facebook. The most recognizable of the trio is Zoey Deutch, who will also play the lead character Rose Hathaway, and she’ll be joined by Australian actress Lucy Fry in the role of Vasilisa “Lissa” Dragomir, Rose’s best friend and Danila Kozlovsky as Dimitri Belikov, the inevitable love interest.
“Mean Girls” director Mark Waters is directing the film – to be retitled “Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters” since “Vampire Academy” is pretty embarrassing on its own in this post-Twilight world – written by his brother Dan Waters (“Heathers”). Deutch’s Rose is a dhampir, or half-vampire trained to protect Moroi, a race of peaceful, benevolent and mortal vampires from the Strigoi – evil, undead vampires pop culture is probably more familiar with. She plays bodyguard to her best friend Lissa, who is a Moroi princess. They have fled St. Vladimir’s Academy (the titular Vampire Academy where vampires and half-vampires train and learn to find their place in the world) but are forced to return, and that is when they encounter dhampir Dimitri, who becomes Rose’s instructor and, naturally, her love interest. There is franchise potential here, as Mead has written six books following Rose, and there is also a spinoff series for a character introduced later in the series. Filming on the first movie will begin in early summer.
Deutch is racking up those YA adaptation franchises, as she’ll soon be seen in the role of Emily in Richard LaGravanese’s adaptation of “Beautiful Creatures.” She was a regular on short-lived CW series “Ringer”, where she played Sarah Michelle Gellar’s stepdaughter. Aussie Fry most recently appeared on TV series “Lightning Point” in her native country. Moscow-born Kozlovski is most known for Russian-language films “We Are From the Future” and “Soulless”, but is also fluent in English.
November 19, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
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As “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2” opens today at the box office for the final time, Hollywood studios have already begun the hunt for the next big adaptation. Numerous books are beginning to head into pre-production and we’re eagerly awaiting casting news for Veronica Roth’s “Divergent“, but this week movie studios began the next phase of page to screen adaptations, releasing full-length trailers for four new films – all adaptations of successful YA novels.
Jonathan Levine with his adaptation of Isaac Marion’s “Warm Bodies”, Harald Zwart’s tackling of Cassandra Clare’s “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”, the Richard LaGravenese-directed adaptation of Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s “Beautiful Creatures”, and Andrew Niccol collaborating with “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer on her first release post-Twilight, “The Host” – they all released trailers attached to the final “Twilight” this week, hoping for a bite of that billion dollar franchise audience.
Which of these stand out amongst the pack? As well as our own opinions, we’ve asked some of our favorite book and movie experts to jump in and provide their own thoughts on these trailers. Click below to discover which came out on top …
November 16, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
In a week filled with trailers released for just about every single Young Adult novel adaptation in the works, we wrap things up with a new trailer for “Beautiful Creatures”, the Richard LaGravenese directed adaptation of the hit teen paranormal romance series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.
Expanding upon the first teaser trailer, there’s tons of new footage contained here, with tons of more exposition on the mythology behind the series. “We prefer the term Caster,” Alice Englert’s outsider new girl Lena tells Alden Ehrenreich’s Ethan when he accuses her of being a witch. It seems as if this first movie – with potential for at least three more sequels – will revolve around an important upcoming birthday of Lena’s, when she’ll have to decide if she wants to be a good witch or a dark witch – like her cousin Ridley, played by Emmy Rossum. Apparently a side effect of going dark are freaky looking eyes.
As a sucker for stories set in the South, this one still remains high on my list of anticipated upcoming YA adaptations, though I have not read the book. “Beautiful Creatures” also gets the distinction of being the very first YA adaptation to be released in a post-”Twilight” landscape. It will come out on February 15, 2013, and all eyes will be on if Ethan and Lena and take a chunk of Edward and Bella’s fanbase.
Watch the new trailer below.
September 19, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
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.
August 6, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Slowly but surely we are beginning to see a fuller picture emerge for witchy teen romance adaptation “Beautiful Creatures.” We’ve seen Ethan and Lena (Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert) frolicking about and a dark and dramatic vision of bad girl Ridley (Emmy Rossum), and now, Ridley having a bit of fun with Thomas Mann’s character Link. Along with the new photo, Rossum tweeted, “Another side of Ridley! Here I teach Thomas Mann’s character a bit of magic.”
As fans of “Beautiful Creatures” know, this picture is much more in tune with the playful character from the books, who is blonde and often seen with a lollipop in her mouth while making mischief. In the Richard LaGravenese adapted and directed film based on the first novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, Ehrenreich 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. Mann takes on the role of Link, Ethan’s musically inclined and loyal best friend.
“Beautiful Creatures”, which will be released on February 13th, 2013, also stars Kyle Gallner, Thomas Mann, Viola Davis, Jeremy Irons and Emma Thompson. See the first image of Mann with Rossum below.
July 19, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
You’ve met Ethan and Lena, now “Beautiful Creatures” fans prepare to meet Ridley! EW has the first official image of Emmy Rossum as Lena’s older cousin and fellow sorceress who chose the Dark side over the good and is hellbent on Lena following in her footsteps.
Newcomers Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert play the star-crossed lovers at the heart of the paranormal romance series – he’s a human, she’s a “caster”, or witch – which recently wrapped up filming under the direction of Richard LaGravenese. On Rossum’s Ridley, LaGravenese says, “She and Lena were almost sisters before she was claimed by the Dark, so she wants Lena to be claimed so they can be together again.” Rossum’s Ridley looks decidedly darker and more dramatic than the first still of Ethan and Lena basking in the sunlight, adding that “We get to show the dark side as kind of more fun than the light.”
“Beautiful Creatures”, which will be released on February 13th, 2013, also stars Kyle Gallner, Thomas Mann, Viola Davis, Jeremy Irons and Emma Thompson. See the first image of Rossum below.
June 4, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Woody Allen has unveiled the full cast for his next untitled film, which he will shoot in New York and San Francisco this summer. Conspicuously missing from the full cast list, reported by Variety today, is Bradley Cooper, who had reportedly joined back in March. It was also erroneously reported then that the setting would be Copenhagen, although Cate Blanchett is part of the final cast as of today.
“Beautiful Creatures” star Alden Ehrenreich has joined the cast, as well as Alec Baldwin, Max Casella, Louis C.K., Bobby Cannavale, Andrew Dice Clay, Michael Emerson, Sally Hawkins and Peter Sarsgaard. Allen has not shot a film in San Francisco since his directorial debut 43 years ago, and has shot exclusively in Europe since 2009. Plot details, as always, remain under wraps, but intersecting stories of love and family and other broad themes are probably to be expected.
Ehrenreich was brought to the industry’s attention when Francis Ford Coppola cast him in his feature film debut, “Tetro” and then again opposite Elle Fanning in experimental gothic tale “Twixt.” He recently wrapped up shooting “Stoker” opposite Mia Wasikowska and is currently filming the male lead in YA romance novel adaptation “Beautiful Creatures” opposite fellow up and comer Alice Englert.
May 4, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
“Twilight” fans, get ready to meet your new Edward and Bella. “Beautiful Creatures”, based on the best-selling paranormal teen romance novels by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, only just began filming in New Orleans recently, but Warner Bros is clearly eager to create buzz as early as possible and has already released the first still image from the film. EW unveiled our first look at Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert in a moment of couply bliss as lead characters Ethan Wate and Lena Duchaness.
This time around, he’s the human, she’s the supernaturally-inclined new girl in town and looks to be already creating some magic. Ehrenreich and Englert are joined in the film by Emmy Rossum, Thomas Mann, Kyle Gallner, Viola Davis, Jeremy Irons and Emma Thompson. Richard LaGravenese adapted the screenplay and is directing the February 15, 2013 release. And if it’s successful, Ethan and Lena fans may have up to four films to look forward to.
See the first image from “Beautiful Creatures” below. How does it look?
May 1, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Emmy Rossum has herself a little brother in Kyle Gallner. Variety reports the “Nightmare on Elm Street” star is set to join the cast of Warner Bros adaptation of paranormal teen romance “Beautiful Creatures”, based on the best-selling series of books by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. Newcomers Alden Ehrenreich (who replaced Jack O’Connell) and Alice Englert play the star-crossed lovers and are rounded out by a cast that also includes “Project X” star Thomas Mann, Viola Davis, Jeremy Irons and Emma Thompson.
In the Richard LaGravenese adapted and directed film, Ehrenreich’s Ethan is a popular high school student in a small southern town plagued by dreams of a mysterious girl – who then magically shows up in his town. Englert’s Lena, an outsider who’s also harboring a dangerous and… bewitching secret, is that girl. Rossum plays bad witch Ridley, while Gallner will be her little brother Larkin, who doesn’t show up until the second book, raising the possibility his role could be a small one that will be expanded if the film is successful enough to garner sequels in the vein of “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games.” Filming is set to begin soon in and around New Orleans.
Gallner, who played the male lead opposite Rooney Mara in 2010′s “A Nightmare on Elm Street” remake, will next be seen in last year’s Sundance premiere “Little Birds” which will finally see a release next month, and this year’s Sundance premiere “Smashed.” He was also in Kevin Smith’s “Red State” and will star in the director’s next, “Hit Somebody”, as well.
April 11, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Jack O’Connell is out and Alden Ehrenreich is in for the adaptation of paranormal teen romance “Beautiful Creatures”, according to Variety. O’Connell had been set for the male lead role of Ethan Wate, but has had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts, allowing rising star Ehrenreich to step in and play the part opposite Australian actress Alice Englert as Lena Duchaness. The cast also includes Emmy Rossum as fan favorite bad girl Ripley, Thomas Mann as Ethan’s best friend Link as well as Viola Davis and Emma Thompson.
In the Richard LaGravenese adapted and directed film, based on the best-selling series of books by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, Ehrenreich’s Ethan is a popular high school student in a small southern town plagued by dreams of a mysterious girl – who then magically shows up in his town. That girl, of course, is Englert’s Lena, 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.” Filming is set to begin later this month in and around New Orleans.
Ehrenreich, a favorite of Francis Ford Coppola, made his feature film debut in “Tetro” and also starred opposite Elle Fanning in “Twixt.” He recently wrapped up shooting “Stoker” opposite Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode and was shortlisted for the role of Tetsuo in Warner Bros’ now-on-hold “Akira” adaptation.