Casting for Richard LaGravenese’s ‘Beautiful Creatures’ is in full swing and they’ve just added two actresses that you may recognize from the small screen: Margo Martindale and Zoey Deutch.
‘Beautiful Creatures’ is based on the first book of a book series written by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl and centers on Ethan Wate, a teenage boy who is haunted by dreams of a girl he’s never met. When Lena Duchannes moves into his small town of Gatlin County, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her. Together, they confront the curse that has haunted Lena’s family for generations and uncover the dark secrets about their families, their history and their town.
Martindale (who has won an Emmy award for her work on ‘Justified and can currently be seen on ‘A Gifted Man’) will play Lena’s (Alice Englert) Aunt Del who helps to protect Lena from the family’s dark side. While Deutch (who is on the Sarah Michelle Gellar series ’Ringer’ and will appear in the movie ‘The Amazing Spiderman’) will play Emily Asher, Ethan’s (Jack O’Connell) ex-girlfriend and ringleader of the high school’s popular clique that conspires against Lena (in other words, Deutch is playing the mean girl).
They’ll both be joining an already stellar cast which includes Oscar winner Jeremy Irons (who will play the role of Macon Ravenwood, Lena’s mysterious and reclusive uncle), Oscar winner Emma Thompson (who will play two roles: Mrs. Lincoln, who is a small town religious firebrand and Sarafine, the dark witch who possesses her), Oscar nominee Viola Davis (who will play Amma, a librarian and seer who takes care of Ethan and his father after his mother dies), Thomas Mann,( who will play Ethan’s best friend Link), Emmy Rossum, (who will play Lena’s cousin who becomes a dark witch on her 16th birthday causing the two to become enemies).
Alcon has film rights to three of the books (‘Beautiful Creatures’, ‘Beautiful Darkness’, ‘Beautiful Chaos’) in hopes that it will fill a possible franchise hole at Warner Bros that will be left once ‘Twilight’ is over. With its gothic overtones and supernatural premise, ‘Beautiful Creatures’ seems like it is the perfect film for ‘Twilight’ fans to get behind.
Production of ‘Beautiful Creatures’ is set to begin next month in and around New Orleans.