What big eyes you have. What big teeth you have! Amanda Seyfried comes face to face with a big bad werewolf in 'Red Riding Hood,' in theaters March 11, and the 25-year-old star calls the film "inspiring," "haunted," "dark" and "kind of weird."
"She's a heroine in a very, very, very old, classic story, and so to take that on is a responsibility, but it's also super fun," Amanda says of her medieval character. "It's more interesting to play very intrigued and kind of terrified at the same time – it gives a lot of cool angles to each scene you wouldn't normally see."
'Twilight' director Catherine Hardwicke gives the classic fairytale a horror-movie twist with Amanda as Valerie, a beautiful young girl living in a village that hides a terrifying secret: A werewolf prowls the surrounding forest, and the townsfolk maintain an uneasy truce by providing a monthly animal sacrifice.
When the beast takes a human life, the townsfolk recruit famed werewolf hunter Father Solomon (Gary Oldman) to help them kill it. As the death toll rises, Solomon declares that one of the villagers must be the wolf. Torn between a brooding outsider (Shiloh Fernandez) and her arranged suitor (Max Irons), Valerie discovers that she has a unique connection to the beast, making her both suspect…and bait.
"Being able to hear an animal speak is beyond imagination," says Amanda. "When the wolf speaks to [Valerie] for the first time, she's shocked beyond belief and is trying to make sense of it, -- but also is so terrified because it's communicating in a way where she's understanding that this wolf knows her."
As for working with 'Twilight' director Hardwicke, Amanda beams, "She's really passionate. I don't know where she gets her energy, but she knows everything inside and out. She's so thorough."
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