The cameras are rolling in New Orleans, as filming of the movie adaptation of Beautiful Creatures gets underway. The movie is based on the best-selling novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, and is due out in theaters in February 2013. The film features an ecclectic cast of relative unknowns and Hollywood icons.
Here’s a look at the actors playing some of the movie’s most critical roles:
Alice Englert as Lena Duchannes
A relative newcomer, Englert nabbed the coveted role of Lena Duchannes, the new girl who comes to town in Beautiful Creatures and shakes things up. Most of Englert’s previous credits include short, indie films. She also appears in the upcoming movies Singularity with Josh Hartnett and Bomb with Elle Fanning and Annette Bening.
Alden Ehrenreich as Ethan Wate
Another relative newcomer, Ehrenreich got his first big break after he was “discovered” by Steven Spielberg at the bat mitzvah of his daughter’s friend. Ehrenreich’s credits include a role in Francis Ford Coppola’s Twixt, as well as Coppola’s Tetro. He’s also appeared in some short films, and has made guest appearances on TV shows like CSI and Supernatural. He can also be seen in upcoming movies Stoker with Nicole Kidman and Running Wild.
Ehrenreich joins the cast as Ethan Wate, who fans of the books know is the narrator of the novels. It’s his roller-coaster relationship with Lena (Englert) that sets their town into chaos.
Thomas Mann as Link
Starring as would-be rock ‘n’ roll star and Ethan’s best friend Link, Mann’s credits include It’s Kind of a Funny Story and this year’s R-rated teen party movie, Project X. His upcoming projects include another young adult book adaptation, King Dork.
Emmy Rossum as Ridley
Rossum joins the cast of Beautiful Creatures as the tempetuous and tempting cousin to Englert’s Lena. Rossum’s credits include The Phantom of the Opera, The Day After Tomorrow, and a recurring role on the TV show Shameless. Fans can also follow Rossum on Twitter. She’s been very active, posting photos from around New Orleans as she begins filming Beautiful Creatures.
Viola Davis as Amma
Oscar-nominated actress Davis plays Amma, the mother-like figure to Ehrenreich’s Ethan Wate. Davis’s credits include her nominated performance in The Help, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Eat Pray Love, and Knight & Day. Her other upcoming projects include the highly-anticipated adaptation of Ender’s Game.
Emma Thomspon as Mrs. Lincoln/Sarafine
A seasoned actress, Thompson takes on the dual roles of Mrs. Lincoln (mother to Mann’s Link) and Sarafine — a character familiar to readers of the Beautiful Creatures books. Thompson’s credits include Nanny McPhee, Harry Potter, An Education, Love Actually, Primary Colors, and the TV mini-series Angels in America, among many other roles.
Jeremy Irons as Macon Ravenwood
Another Hollywood veteran, Irons plays Macon Ravenwood, the uncle to Englert’s Lena Duchannes. Irons currently stars in the cable TV series The Borgias, and his numerous film credits include Eragon, Casanova, The Man in the Iron Mask, The Lion King, and Die Hard: With a Vengeance.
Zoey Deutsch as Emily Asher
Playing one of Lena’s high school nemeses, Deutsch joins the cast of Beautiful Creatures while on a break from filming the CW series Ringer with Sarah Michelle Gellar. Her past credits also include a recurring role on the Disney Channel series The Suite Life on Deck.
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