A new trailer/behind-the-scenes special for the teen fantasy-romance Beastly has hit the net. Based on the best-selling 2007 novel of the same name by Alex Flinn, the film stars Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens, Mary-Kate Olsen, and Neil Patrick Harris. An “edgy” modern-day retelling of the Beauty and the Beast story, it centers on the vain, douchey, and frequently shirtless 17-year-old Kyle Kingson (Pettyfer), who’s magically disfigured by a classmate/witch (Olsen) and given one year to find someone to love him for what’s on the inside or else be stuck with his “beastly” appearance for life; he promptly sets his sights on the pretty but previously “unnoticed” Linda Taylor (Hudgens). Hit the jump to check it out.
Yes, it looks like CBS Films is casting its net into the deep, bountiful waters of the River Twi. Not the worst plan ever. I’d say there’s a decent chance this flick ends up giving the fledgling studio its first taste of box-office success…I mean, it won’t reach Twilight levels or anything, but it should help wash away the bitter aftertaste of Extraordinary Measures, CBS’s first disastrous venture onto the silver screen. We’ll find out for sure when Beastly hits theaters on July 30.