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Magic, Mystery and Melodrama in 'Beautiful Creatures' Trailer

Beautiful Creatures Warner Bros.

There's some big magic in the Big Easy!

Alice Englert, Alden Ehrenreich, Emma Thompson and Emmy Rossum lay on the supernatural Southern melodrama in "Beautiful Creatures," the lush-looking adaptation of the fantasy novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl that follows two teens who uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town.

The first trailer doesn't go into too many details of the plot, though it's certainly got atmosphere to spare — thankfully, the film seems like it actually takes place in the deep South (and not on a soundstage or, you know, in Toronto). We also get some early glimpses at some of the story's major players, including our heroine Lena Duchannes (Englert), our hero Ethan Wate (Ehrenreich), the villainous and mischievous Ridley (Rossum) and the rabble-rousing Mrs. Lincoln (Thompson, already chewing the scenery).

Plus, you've got to love that final shot. Why writhe in supernatural teen angst when you can just make out?

Warner Bros. is looking to strike "Twilight"-sized gold with this series, the first of a four-book arc called the Caster Chronicles. It looks like a cinematic class act so far, a Southern Gothic that's actually worthy of such a description.

Check out the trailer below or watch it in HD at iTunes Movie Trailers. "Beautiful Creatures" opens Feb. 13, 2013.

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