Beautiful Creatures is an supernatural romance film based upon the novel by the same name by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. The film will be directed by Richard LaGravenese.
When newcomer Lena Duchannes arrives in the small town of Gatlin she quickly captures the attention of Ethan Wate, who only wants to escape what he views as a boring and dead end town, he quickly gets more excitement than he bargained for, as Lena possesses strange powers that has long kept her at a distance from others in her life. Lena and Ethan are drawn together, but their budding romance is threatened by the dangers posed by the Lena being a Caster and her family's Dark heritage, for upon her sixteenth birthday Lena must undergo the Claiming, a process that will decide her fate forever: Light or Dark.
- Alice Englert as Lena Duchannes
- Alden Ehrenreich as Ethan Wate
- Emmy Rossum as Ridley Duchannes
- Emma Thompson as Mrs. Lincoln
- Jeremy Irons as Macon Ravenwood
- Thomas Mann as Link
- Viola Davis as Amma
- Kyle Gallner as Larkin
- Zoey Deutch as Emily Asher
- Tiffany Boone as Savannah Snow
- Margo Martindale as Aunt Del
- Andrea Frankle as Lila Wate
- Camille Balsamo as Katherine Duchannes
- J.D. Evermore as Mitchell Wate
- Lance E. Nichols as Mayor Snow
- Leslie Castay as Principal Herbert
Alcon Entertainment purchased the rights to Beautiful Creatures in 2009, with director Richard LaGravenese signing on soon after to write and direct the movie. Casting for the film began in late 2011, and in February 2012 Viola Davis was cast as Amma. Soon after, Jack O'Connell and Alice Englert were announced to be playing the lead characters of Ethan Wate and Lena Duchannes. O'Connell later dropped out of the film due to a scheduling conflict, with Alden Ehrenreich assuming the role of Ethan. Further casting included Emma Thompson in dual roles as Sarafine and Mrs Lincoln and Jeremy Irons as Lena's uncle Macon Ravenwood. Of the character of Lena, Englert stated that "Lena is like most girls when you feel massively insecure".
Filming started in May 2012 in New Orleans and finished in late July. For the film LaGravenese chose to incorporate real special effects along with computer-based ones for certain scenes, notably a scene in which a classroom's windows shatter, which Emmy Rossum called "exciting". On September 19, 2012 the first trailer for Beautiful Creatures was released.
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