Warring supernatural beings, forbidden love between a mysterious individual and a young mortal… Sounds familiar, doesn't it? Beautiful Creatures is looking to capture a bit of that Twilight lightning in a bottle, and we have a first look at the spooky Southern tale starring relative newcomers Alice Englert and Alden Ehrenreich opposite Shameless star Emmy Rossum and veteran thesps Jeremy Irons, Emma Thompson and Viola Davis.
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"Audiences can expect to fall in love with these two young people who just desperately want to be together," says Rossum of star-crossed lovers Lena and Ethan (played respectively by Englert and Ehrenreich), who are confronted with a situation much bigger than the two of them.
Ethan is a young man longing to escape his small town, and Lena is the new girl with a dark secret – she comes from a family of witches (they prefer the term "casters"), and when she turns 16 her powers will be claimed by either the forces of light or darkness. With only weeks before her birthday, the two lovers are caught in a tug-of-war between good and evil.
"What I'm offering to audiences is an adventure, but most of all a love story," says director Richard LaGravenese (P.S. I Love You).
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An adaptation of the first novel in the best-selling series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, Beautiful Creatures casts its spell in theaters on Valentine's Day.