Thursday, November 6, 2014
Asa Butterfield is in negotiations to play the lead 17 year old Jacob, who sets off in a search for answers to the story of his eastern European grandfather, after the traumatic & mysterious death of his beloved grandfather. He finds himself transported to an island where he must help protect a group of orphans with special powers from creatures who are out to destroy them.
Asa (represented by Independent Talent) was recently nominated for Best Actor at the BFI film awards for his role as a maths prodigy in X + Y, and he has previously played the lead in Ender's Game, Hugo and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.
Ella Purnell will join him as young girl named Emma who can control fire and who introduces him to Miss Peregrine and a group of peculiar children with special abilities, including super strength and invisibility. Ella (represented by Curtis Brown) previously starred as a young Keira Knightley in Never Let Me Go, the teen Maleficent, as well as roles in Intruders, and Kick Ass 2, and will soon be seen as Young Jane in David Yates' Tarzan and Channel 4 docudrama Cyber Bully alongside Maisie Williams.
Eva Green will play the title character, who acts as a guardian for the orphans.
The film, an adaptation of Ransom Riggs’ bestselling novel of the same name, is produced by 20th Century Fox, and scheduled to start shooting in February 2015.