Two-time Oscar-winner Emma Thompson (Sense and Sensibility) is the latest to join Beautiful Creatures, a supernatural love story based on the first novel in a best-selling series. Thompson will join Academy Award-nominee Viola Davis (The Help), as well as Jack O’Connell (Eden Lake) and newcomer Alice Englert. Richard LaGravenese (P.S. I Love You) will direct the adaptation from the stories written by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.
In other casting news, Jenna Fischer (The Office) and Rita Wilson (Sleepless in Seattle) have joined the indie drama, Kiss Me, directed by Jeff Probst (“Survivor”). The coming-of-age tale follows a teen with scoliosis as she navigates adolescent relationships. Hit the jump for more on both projects.
THR reported on the addition of Fischer and Wilson to Kiss Me, an indie that also features Emily Osment (Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil), Steven Weber (Falling Skies) and Davenia McFadden (Hachi: A Dog’s Tale). The film, written by Liz Sarnoff (Lost) follows Zoe (Sarah Bolger) as she dons a back brace and attempts to form normal relationships with her mother, her best friend and the married father (John Corbett) of the kids she babysits. Fischer will play Corbett’s wife who becomes jealous at the closeness of Zoe and her husband. Wilson will play Zoe’s mother, who comes from the school of “tough love” and tries to steer Zoe’s affections elsewhere. Weber plays Zoe’s father, Osment is a friend of Zoe with troubles of her own and McFadden plays a nurse.
Check out the full press release for more news on Beautiful Creatures below:
EMMA THOMPSON IS THE LATEST TO JOIN THE CAST OF ‘BEAUTIFUL CREATURES’
DIRECTED BY RICHARD LAGRAVENESE FOR ALCON ENTERTAINMENT
LOS ANGELES FEBRUARY 9, 2012—Two time Academy Award nominee, Emma Thompson, is in final negotiations to join the cast of the supernatural love story “Beautiful Creatures,” based on the New York Times best selling novel of the same name – the first of a hugely popular series written by authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl – it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.
In a flurry of recent casting announcements, Thompson will be joining Viola Davis, who is nominated for an Academy Award this year for her performance in “The Help,” and newcomers Jack O’Connell and Alice Englert.
Erwin Stoff (“Water for Elephants,” “I Am Legend”) will produce along with Kosove and Johnson (“The Blind Side,” “The Book of Eli,”) and Molly Smith (“Something Borrowed,” “P.S. I Love You.”).
Richard LaGravenese (“P.S. I Love You”) will direct from his adaptation.
A hauntingly intense coming of age story set in the South, “Beautiful Creatures” is about two star-crossed teenage lovers, Ethan, a local boy, and a mysterious new girl, Lena, who uncover dark secrets about their families, their history and their town.
Thompson will play the dual role of Mrs. Lincoln, who is a small town religious firebrand, and Sarafine, who is the dark witch who possesses her.
Thompson will next be seen in Sony’s “MIB3,” the third installment in the “Men in Black” franchise due out in May followed by the UK film “Effie” which she wrote and stars in alongside Dakota Fanning.
Alcon, which has film rights to all three books in the series published by Little Brown Books, including “Beautiful Darkness,” and “Beautiful Chaos,” is looking at “Creatures” to kick off a possible franchise at WB. Filming will begin in April in and around New Orleans.
Alcon recently produced the hit “Dolphin Tale,” a 3-D family film starring Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd and Kris Kristofferson.
Thompson is repped by WME.