Out on May 21st, the Blu-ray will include a slew of extras including “From Book To Screen”, “Forbidden Romance”, “Beautiful Creatures: Designing the Costumes”, and the book trailer for author Margaret Stohl‘s “Icons”!
Beautiful Creatures summary: When newcomer Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert) arrives in the small town of Gatlin she quickly captures the attention of Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich), who only wants to escape what he views as a boring and dead end town. He quickly gets more than he bargained for, as Lena possesses strange powers that have 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 Lena’s being a Caster and her family’s Dark powers, for upon her sixteenth birthday Lena must undergo the Claiming, a process that will decide her fate forever: Light or Dark.
The 18-year-old actress and 23-year-old actor, along with costar Emmy Rossum, presented their film earlier in the day with a press conference at the St. Regis Hotel.
“Viola Davis was the first person cast in this film, and I think I was the second or third. That, alone, said something to me. I really love her,” Alice recently told us during a press day in Los Angeles.
“She’s someone who I love because she shows you how you can really just relax and be honest. Honesty is fantastic. Viola showed me how to not need to perform for people and know how to take your own time.”
FYI: Alice wore a Vivienne Westwood dress for the press conference and Givenchy for the premiere.
The 23-year-old actor, who plays Ethan Wate in the new Beautiful Creatures flick, opened up about his character, “fame”, and
On his part in the movie: “Richard [LaGravenese, director] left in all the weirdest takes, and that’s just great,…What I’m really grateful for with Beautiful Creatures is that I got to do a movie that has a foundation to it, and I get all the benefits of that without having to sell out. From an acting standpoint, the stuff I get to do in this movie is as exciting as in any movie I’ve ever been up for.”
On his rigorous auditioning schedule: “That’s what sucks about being an actor: if you’re a writer, you write every day, and if you’re a painter, you paint every day, but if you’re an actor, it’s a lot more difficult to create and to act by yourself. Days where I get to audition are days where I get to act.”
On his future and not letting Hollywood get to him: “The main thing is just having your own fire burning, having your own life separate, your happiness unhitched from whether or not you get a part…but I do buy myself a present whenever I don’t get a part I really wanted.”
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JJJ: How did the “Sixteen Moons” poem come about? Margaret Stohl: Sixteen Moons was the original title of our first draft, and it’s still the title of our book in many countries. Those two words came to us during the lunch where we invented the Casters, and for months after that we wondered, “What would happen in a book called Sixteen Moons?” The song is one way that the universe tries to warn Ethan about his dangerous destiny, and about the mysterious Caster world that lies beneath regular old Gatlin.
JJJ: How did you want the reader to feel when Ethan and Lena first went into the Lunar Libri underneath the DAR? Margaret: [They are] very much like catacombs [in Paris]. We wanted the reader to take that mysterious journey with Ethan and Lena, to feel the darkness of the place. Ancient magic is neither good nor evil; the Lunae Libri is part of the Caster Tunnels, which is sort of like an ancient highway. Anything can happen there!
JJJ: Some of our favorite chapters are the ones where Lena and Ethan are having real life relationship problems. Did you have trouble writing those chapters where they break up and get back together at all and how many tears were shed over her breaking his heart a bit? Margaret: Oh yes! We’ve shed our own tears at some point during not just those chapters but each of the four Beautiful Creatures Novels. Kami and I are very fond of both Ethan and Lena, as well Amma and Macon, Ridley and Link, and really all of our characters; it’s been very hard to let them go as our series has ended. Thank goodness we have the movie to keep the series alive, so we can keep revisiting our beloved Caster County!
JJJ: Did you plan on this becoming a four-part series? Margaret: It’s hard to say, considering that we never really even planned on publishing a book at all! We were just two moms writing a story, not even a book, and it was for seven teens in our lives – my daughters, who were Kami’s students, her sister, and their friends. We did it on a dare from my oldest teen. The things we will do for our children! That said, Kami and I did know we had a massive saga planned, and the story does follow our original idea – we just didn’t know if anyone would give us a chance to tell it!
Be sure to check out our exclusive interview with co-stars Thomas Mann and Zoey Deutch about the film, out TOMORROW, and stay tuned for more Secrets of Gatlin County and our interview with Alice and Alden!
There’s just ONE MORE DAY until Beautiful Creatures hits theaters and JJJ will be in line to see it again!
We recently had the pleasure to chat with stars Zoey Deutch and Thomas Mann earlier this month and got the scoop on filming, their friendship and more. Check it:
JJJ: Thomas, Emmy Rossum talked to us about your “faux” dates with her during your down time. Did you freak out over the rats we heard about?
Thomas Mann: “No, I didn’t freak out. It was just a really nice touch to a really romantic evening. [laughs] No, I’m just kidding. We would go out and bond with our cast mates, so me and Emmy went out one night and literally sat with our feet dangling like over the edge of the side of where the Mississippi River is. It was super late at night, it was like drizzling rain, it was really picturesque and really nice. Then all of a sudden I see something and I’m like, ‘What is that a bird over there?’ And [Emmy] was like, ‘What are you blind? That’s a rat!’ There was a few of them! Yeah, we had some nice times together, for sure.”
Zoey Deutch: “Yeah, it always felt good for the rest of us when we would all be hanging have a great time and y’all would just split off and be like, look we’re the cool ones and we love each other! What? I’m not mad! I’m not bitter, you crazy loon! (laughs)”
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