Now that Harry Potter has kissed Ginny Weasley for the last time and the Cullen family is preparing to sparkle off into the sunset this November, it might seem that the well has run dry for fans of supernatural romance. But no — we have firsthand proof of life after "Twilight."
A few months ago, we packed up our copy of "Beautiful Creatures" and headed to Louisiana, where the adaptation of Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl's YA fantasy romance is filming. We got one action-packed day on set, where we watched a couple scenes being filmed — one of them so top-secret we won't even mention it again — and talked to most of the major players in the cast.
We traveled to the filming location, a quaint Southern town about an hour's drive from New Orleans. In between alarmingly deliciously frequent feedings — craft service cooked up the best fried chicken we've ever had, no joke, and laid out a buffet lunch where Emmy Rossum brought us melon water and watched to make sure we were enjoying it — we got a sense for the direction screenwriter/director Richard LaGravenese ("Water For Elephants") is going, and it seems that anyone expecting the same old YA fare is in for a surprise.
Star Emmy Rossum, who plays sexy spell-caster Ridley, told us, "I know people are going to compare it to 'Hunger Games' or 'Twilight' ... we fit in that realm, but the book was definitely different than those." She went on to explain that LaGravenese has drawn inspiration from so many sources, including paintings, that the visual aspect of "Beautiful Creatures" is bound to look like no teen movie we've seen before.
Oscar-winning actress (and "Harry Potter" star) Emma Thompson is no stranger to YA adaptations, and she agrees with Rossum: "I thought the script was funny and witty and very much an intelligently-told, very fun story. And the part was one of the most interesting I've been asked to play in a long time."
The conversation with Thompson took place in the balcony of a rustic church where the whole, fictional town of Gatlin (stars and costumed extras alike) had gathered to hear an impassioned sermon from the reverend, played by Broadway actor Randy Redd. We soaked in a few takes of the church scene, listened to an impromptu piano performance by Redd and headed back to the hotel.
Now all we have to do is wait for "Beautiful Creatures" to hit theaters in February. Sigh.
Stay tuned for our interviews with stars Alden Ehrenreich, Emmy Rossum, Emma Thompson, Thomas Mann and Zoey Deutch, coming soon.