Vamps Trailer: Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter Are Bloodsuckers, Still Clueless [Video]
09.25.12 by Ryan
Two female vampires who give up immortality for love? As if!
For those wondering where Alicia Silverstone has been of late, the actress has quietly been making a comeback for the past few years, starting with a stint on Broadway in the play Time Stands Still and appearing in a few episodes of ABC's Suburgatory alongside her Clueless co-star Jeremy Sisto. It was the Broadway stint, however, that led her Clueless director Amy Heckerling to hire Silverstone for Vamps, where she co-stars alongside Krysten Ritter (Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23) as two vampires living in modern day New York who fall in love and must make a decision that could jeopardize their immortality. With the first trailer for Vamps arriving online, it's surprising that it was her Broadway performance that convinced Heckerling to hire Silverstone, since her Vamps character of Goody seems like the undead version of Cher, her character from Clueless.
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In case you missed it, yet another Clueless actor appears in Vamps. Wallace Shawn, who played one of Silverstone's teachers in the 1995 comedy. In Vamps, Shawn plays Dr. Van Helsing, the father of Ritter's love interest, British actor Dan Stevens, who has an English accent even though Shawn doesn't. We're sure there's an explanation.
As for explaining why Heckerling decided to throw her hat in the ring of vampire movies — besides the obvious fact that vampires print money for their respective studios — Heckerling told Bullet that she was interested in exploring how a vampire remains interested in the world of young people.
I’ve always been amused by the idea that I could be in my 40s and writing a teen show, but an actual teenager wouldn’t necessarily give a damn about the various little pieces of slang or fashion trends. It’s sort of what led me to write Vamps. If you were actually 100 years old, but looked like you were in your 20s, you would have to act like you cared about cell phones, or like you think it’s okay to use letters in place of words. Ours is a society in which you have to chase the idea of staying young forever. But what the hell would that entail? I wanted to deal with that kind of stuff while also showing the warmth and goodness of these vampires, which is not something you normally see.
Written and directed by Heckerling, Vamps co-stars Sigourney Weaver (Avatar, The Cabin in the Woods), Justin Kirk (Weeds), and Malcolm McDowell (Entourage).
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