It’s been a big week for casting the Beautiful Creatures movie, which is based on the book of the same name in Kami Garcia’s and Margaret Stohl’s Caster Chronicles series. The two main characters, Lena Duchannes and Ethan Wate, have been cast in addition to the role of Amma, which was announced last Thursday.
Britist actor Jack O’Connell will play Ethan Wate. Here is Jack’s IMDb page, but his Wikipedia entry holds a bit more info. Clearly, he already has a bit of a following (possibly from his role in Skins?) since there is a fuckyeah tumblr for him already in place.
New Zealander Alice Englert appears to have a little less of an acting background, but there is an IMDb page set up for her, and she was in the film Bomb with Elle Fanning.
The most establish cast member announced so far is Viola Davis, who is best known for her role in The Help. Viola will play Amma, Ethan’s housekeeper who helps raise him. She is also a seer with an interesting take on the interesting events in their town. Since Amma also helped care for Ethan’s father while he grew up, I’m curious to see how much Viola is aged.
It appears that the announced crew members all come from Oscar-nominated works, just like Viola. Beautiful Creatures will be adapted into a screenplay and directed by Richard LaGravenese and produced by a team that includes Erwin Stoff, Broderick Johnson, Andrew Kosove, and Molly Smith. Cinematographer Philippe Rousselot, costume designer Jeffrey Kurland, and production designer Richard Sherman round out the list of cast and crew announcements so far.
Filming is expected to begin in April near New Orleans. Warner Brothers is handling the release.
In case you need a refresher on the plot, here’s the book synopsis from Goodreads:
There were no surprises in Gatlin County.
We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.
At least, that’s what I thought.
Turns out, I couldn’t have been more wrong.
There was a curse.
There was a girl.
And in the end, there was a grave.
Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.
Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.
In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.
Emma Thompson (!!!) has been cast as Mrs. Lincoln/Serafina.