Thursday, February 9, 2012

Skins star lands lead in Beautiful Creatures

UPDATE APRIL 2012:
Sadly due to visa problems, Jack O'Connell was not able to take up this role and was replaced by American actor Alden Ehrenreich

Skins star Jack O'Connell has landed the lead role in a new supernatural love story feature film ''Beautiful Creatures.''
Based on the first novel in a series known as the Caister Chronicles, it could be the start of a new Twilight-esque franchise, with Beautiful Creatures being followed by the subsequent books in the series Beautiful Darkness and Beautiful Chaos.

Jack will star alongside New Zealander Alice Englert  as the two teenage lovers - Ethan, a local boy who meets and becomes bewitched by Lena Duchannes, a 16-year-old whose family has moved to his small South Carolina town. The two must confront a curse that's haunted her family for generations as they uncover dark secrets about their families, their history and their town, and Lena  has to come to grips with her powers.

Jack (represented by Conway Van Gelder) will be seen this year in the Michael Morpugo adaptation Private Peaceful, and has just wrapped on The Liability.

Alice (represented in the UK by Hamilton Hodell)  is set to appear alongside Elle Fanning in "Bomb," Sally Potter's dark comedy about two teenage girls in 1960s London. She also happens to be the daughter of filmmaker Jane Campion, the director of "Bright Star," "Holy Smoke" and "The Piano."

Based on the first novel in the five-book Caster Chronicles series, Beautiful Creatures will be written and directed by Richard LaGravenese (Living Out Loud, Freedom Writers, P.S. I Love You).

The coming of age story is due to start shooting in April in New Orleans.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, it's going to be strange seeing him with an American accent. Also after reading the books, he is just not what I would have pictured Ethan to look like, although I absolutely love him as an actor so he should be good :)I have to say Kaya Scodelario would have been an amazing Lena, and her and Jack had great chemistry on Skins, but this girl looks good too

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