UPDATE: Deadline now reports Sami Gayle, Claire Foy an Ashley Charles have also joined the cast, with Gayle in the role of antagonist Mia, Charles as Jesse and Foy as Karp.
“Shameless” star Cameron Monaghan is the latest young actor to get in on the YA franchise game, with the official Twitter for the film announcing that he has been cast as Mason Ashford in “Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters.” He joins previously cast stars Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Danila Kozlovsky and Olga Kurylenko in the supernatural romance that begins filming on May 27th.
Mark Waters is directing the film adapted from the Richelle Mead series by his brother. 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 (Kovlovsky), who becomes Rose’s instructor and, naturally, her love interest. Kurlyenko plays the school’s headmistress and Monaghan’s Mason is Rose’s best friend and fellow dhampir, who naturally also carries a torch for her. 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.
“Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters” will be released on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2014, where it will go head to head against another young adult novel adaptation, Wes Ball’s “The Maze Runner”, based on the books by James Dashner.
Most known as Ian Gallagher on Showtime’s hit family drama “Shameless”, Monaghan also appeared in Disney’s ensemble comedy “Prom” and recently wrapped up filming on indie adaptation “Jamie Marks is Dead.”