Today's Hot Trailer: The Steamy, "Southern Gothic" Romance of Beautiful Creatures
09.20.12 by Ryan
The next potential 'tween franchise has no vampires or werewolves, but does have magic and romance in the humid South.
Last year saw the end of the Harry Potter movie franchise and, this November, the Twilight franchise will release its final installment with The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2. Considering the success of both, studios have been scouring young adult novels to find the next potential movie franchise, and, while Sony is pursuing The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Warner Bros. may have hit the jackpot with their adaption of Beautiful Creatures. The studio just released the movie's first trailer.
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Based on the young-adult novel written by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, Beautiful Creatures centers on Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich), who is drawn to Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert), the new girl at school in their small town of Gatlin, South Carolina, who happens to have mystical powers. Lena also has a dark, family secret: by her sixteenth birthday, she will claimed as either light or dark by a mystical ceremony called the Claiming. Viola Davis (The Help), Emma Thompson (Nanny McPhee), and Jeremy Irons (Eragon) co-star.
Also starring is Emmy Rossum (Showtime's Shameless) as Ridley, Lena's cousin. Rossum told MTV last month that her character is "deliciously evil" and revealed that the movie should please fans of the original novel.
It definitely has the undercurrents and the themes and a lot of characters of the books, and the main focus of the story is obviously very similar to the books. I think that...the visual is definitely Southern Gothic like it is in the book, but there's something that's very sophisticated, especially with Philippe Rousselot, our [director of photography], who has done so many incredible films.
Written and directed by Richard LaGravenese (Freedom Writers, P.S. I Love You), the cast of Beautiful Creatures also includes Thomas Mann (Project X) and Kyle Gallner (Nightmare on Elm Street).