Caleb Landry Jones to Play Male Lead Neil Jordan’s BYZANTIUM

     August 22, 2011


Caleb Landry Jones (X-Men: First Class) has landed the male lead role in Neil Jordan’s vampire drama Byzantium.  The film stars Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton as a daughter and mother who are vampires who arrive in a small British town.  According to Variety, they reveal their secret to the town and the daughter begins a relationship with teenager dying of leukemia (Jones) which in turns forces him to struggle with his mortality, causing Saorsie Ronan’s character to struggle with her own immortality.  When we first reported on the film back in May, the cast also included Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, and Jeremy Irvine (War Horse), but there’s no mention of them in Vulture’s story.  Hopefully Fiennes and Carter are still on board (I haven’t seen Irvine in anything so I can’t really judge either way).

Jones was one of the weaker cast members in First Class, but in all fairness his character was broadly drawn and he didn’t get much screen time. He’ll next be seen alongside Mark Wahlberg in the crime-thriller Contraband.

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  • Cynthia Hampton

    I definitely did not see him as one of the weaker characters in XMFC. Underdeveloped yes, but his performance left me wishing they had done more with him. Maybe in the future, who knows. Glad to see he is getting more parts. He looks like a talent to watch for.

  • Aleks

    Helena, Ralph and Jeremy were thankfully never attached to this project. They are involved with ‘Great Expectations’, which is being released by Number 9 Films, who are also involved with ‘Byzantium’.

  • PatLang

    Wait a minute, Neil Jordan is doing another vampire film?! Yes!!! :) Huge fan of Interview with the Vampire, I can’t wait to see how Jordan is going to match that.

  • Irastev

    The box office of Daybreakers, Let Me In, Priest and Fright Night demonstrated an insatiable appetite public appetite for non-Twiligh vampire flicks, right?

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  • Rosie

    Weaker character? HAHAHAHAHAHA. No.

  • ozzie

    Caleb was not a weak link in the X-men movie … he only had like 3 lines. Banshee was written as a cocky teen and that came across very well on screen.

    It was bothersome that the film focused so much on Charles and Eric … the rest of the cast was ignored for most of the movie and treated like background furniture.

  • Tim

    Saorsie Ronan <3