Today's Hot Trailer: Beautiful Creatures Goes Dark in Second Trailer
11.22.12 by Ryan
It's got love and the supernatural, but it's not Twilight. Wait, it's not?
In the race to become the next Twilight, there are plenty of potential franchises in the running, but, according to writer-director Richard LaGravenese (The Freedom Writers), the upcoming Beautiful Creatures isn't one of them. "It's not Twilight," LaGravenese told Movieline at the New York Comic-Con (NYCC) last month. "I'm sorry, it's just not. I mean, yes, it's a love story and one of them has powers, but that's it."
Perhaps the confusion comes from the fact that, like Twilight, Beautiful Creatures is based on a young-adult novel (written by by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl) and the first trailer, released in September, seemed to focus on the "supernatural love story" aspect of the movie, which certainly recalled Twilight. The latest trailer focuses less on the "love story," and more on the "supernatural," with teenager Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert) struggling with the prospect of her sixteenth birthday, where a ritual called the Claiming will decide whether her mystical abilities will forever be light or dark.
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Getting considerably more screen time in this trailer was Emma Thompson (Nanny McPhee), who is clearly the antagonist in the movie. "Emma Thompson plays this conservative Southern woman who is then possessed by the darkest Caster/witch of them all, and you only know that through Emma’s performance," LaGravenese explained to Comic Book Resources at NYCC.
That may not be a surprise to those that have been reading the Beautiful Creatures series, but fans might be surprised at how LaGravenese turned the book into a movie. "When I adapted the book I had to give myself the freedom to omit, to recreate, and if I knew too much of how every little plot was entwined I couldn’t get the movie that I wanted to make, I couldn’t tell the best story that I knew how," said the director. "Hopefully the fans will understand. It’s the same story, it’s the same characters, it’s the same experience."
The Beautiful Creatures cast also includes Alden Ehrenreich (Tetro), Viola Davis (The Help), Jeremy Irons (Eragon), Emmy Rossum (Shameless), Thomas Mann (Project X) and Kyle Gallner (Nightmare on Elm Street).