Last month, the fourth and final book in the best-selling series Beautiful Creatures, was released. The book, entitled Beautiful Redemption, has been anxiously awaited by fans around the world. Next year, co-writers Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl and their fans have something even bigger to look forward to: the film adaptation of Beautiful Creatures, starring Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons, and Viola Davis.
Stars Thomas Mann (“Link”), Emmy Rossum (“Ridley Duchannes”), Richard LaGravenese (writer/director), Alden Ehrenreich (“Ethan Wate”), and Zoey Deutch (“Emily”) were on hand at New York Comic-Con to discuss what could be the next big Young Adult book series turned movie franchise.
LaGravenese told reporters that he sought out Beautiful Creatures, “I wanted to keep the thing as real and as honest as possible. And I wanted to attract great actors.” Adding, “The experience of reading a book is interactive. You have your own imagination … When you’re making a film, it’s literal, it’s having a lot of that stuff told; having actors tell you stuff all the time is difficult. So, I had to combine stuff; make it shorter.”
Some fans may be up in arms about LaGravenese’s move to combine the Wate family’s housekeeper and Marion the librarian into one character, played by Viola Davis. He stated that he wanted to make Amma “an elegant seer, maybe something we hadn’t seen before.”
Rossum (Showtime’s Shameless) described her character Ridley: “She is the cousin of our protagonist, Lena, played by Alice Englert. I [Ridley] am a Caster … my power is the power of persuasion and I am a siren. It was really fun; I get to play kind of a bad ass, dark heroine witch, but who’s elegant and classy and really chic.”
Rossum showed her fandom of the Beautiful Creatures series, “I was familiar with the books a little bit. But I read them all; I binged on them in one weekend. I took everything from the character that I could off the page.”
Ehrenreich praised both LaGravenese’s script and the book series, “What I loved about the story, within three pages of reading the script … is the character that was on the page, that Richard created and is in the book.”
“I play Emily Asher who is Ethan Wate’s crazy, cuckoo ex-girlfriend,” said Deutch. “It was fun to play.” If Deutch looks familiar, you may recognize her from the short-lived CW show Ringer as the stepdaughter of Sarah Michelle Gellar’s character. Or, maybe her adorable looks remind you of her mother, actress Lea Thompson.
If you want to read the books before the movie is released on February 13, 2013, search WorldCat.org to see if your local public library has ‘em.