May 18, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
The ever-growing cast of young adult supernatural romance adaptation “Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters” has added British actor Dominic Sherwood in the pivotal role of Christian, according to Deadline, who also adds “Modern Family” star Sarah Hyland, Gabriel Byrne and Joely Richardson round out the new cast additions.
Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry and Danila Kozlovsky play the lead trio, with Olga Kurylenko, Cameron Monaghan, Sami Gayle, Claire Foy and Ashley Charles in supporting roles. Mark Waters is directing the film adapted from the Richelle Mead series by his brother Dan Waters. The plot revolves around two best friends (Deutch’s Rose and Fry’s Lissa) who attend a school for vampires and half-vampires to rain and learn their place in the world. Sherwood will play Lissa’s love interest, Byrne will be Victor, the head of the Academy, while Hyland will play his daughter and a friend to Rose and Lissa. Filming in London begins next week.
Sherwood starred in British series “The Cut” and most recently appeared alongside John Magaro and Bella Heathcote in rock n roll coming of age drama “Not Fade Away.” Hyland has played Haley on hit ABC sitcom “Modern Family” throughout its five seasons and recently appeared in horror spoof “Scary MoVie.”
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.