YA at the Movies: Beautiful Creatures character poster

Alice Englert as Lena Duchannes

Source: Beautiful Creatures FaceBook



Let’s go to the movies!

ESPECIALLY SINCE MAGIC MIKE COMES OUT TOMORROW! *belts out “Moves Like Jagger” while dancing and flailing about*

Wait… oops. *ahem* Sorry. That’s not where I was going with this.

On a more relevant note, I’ve got some movie buzz to share! Let’s start with Alyson Noel

Noel announced via her Twitter feed that all four books of the Soul Seekers series have been optioned for movies! The four books in the series include Fated (just released on May 22), Echo (to be released in November 2012), Mystic, and Horizon (no info on those two yet, but estimated release dates are 2013). Make sure you add these to your “To Read” lists! You’re going to want to know this books as details on the movie(s) come out!

Now on to Cassandra Clare and the Mortal Instruments movie.

Jemima West, AKA Isabelle Lightwood

We already know Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower will play Clary and Jace, respectively. What you may or may not know about the casting is that Jemima West has been cast as Isabelle Lightwood. Recently, Cassandra Clare answered several fan questions related to the movies on her Tumblr and provided some tidbits:

  • Alec has been cast, but the information has not been released yet. Clare has NO IDEA when she will be able to release the aforementioned info. *sad face*
  • Simon has not been cast, but casting for his role will start around mid-July.
  • Max will not be in the first movie, staying true to the original Mortal Instruments storyline.

And we have some Beautiful Creatures fun, too!

As per Kami Garcia’s blog, the BC movie has officially wrapped and is looking at a potential release date of February 13, 2013. For more info about the casting, check our previous post here, and pop over to Kami Garcia’s website to see some pics taken by the actors/actresses on set and in and around New Orleans! I love the shot of the Gatlin Public Library sign! (Clearly I’m a nerd through and through, but I feel at this point that goes without saying).

Lastly, in Hunger Games news…

As many of you may already know, Gary Ross will not be coming back to direct Catching Fire. *sobs uncontrollably* Instead, Francis Lawrence will be stepping in to direct the sequel to our beloved Hunger Games. Lawrence is known for directing Water for Elephants, I am Legend, Constantine, and music videos for JLo and Britney Spears. All I have to say is… DON’T DO US WRONG LAWRENCE. Or you will find a very angry mob outside waiting for you as you walk to your car at night.

All that being said, I have one last request:

Dear World,
The entire YA book-loving community

Beautiful Creatures casting updates

The cast list is PACKED for the film adaptation of Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s Beautiful Creatures. Thanks to Kami Garcia’s Twitter feed, I’ve recently learned that Zoey Deutch has been the most recent starlet to join the cast.

If you’re not familiar with Beautiful Creatures… (summary courtesy Goodreads.com)

“There were no surprises in Gatlin County.
We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.
At least, that’s what I thought.
Turns out, I couldn’t have been more wrong.
There was a curse.
There was a girl.
And in the end, there was a grave.
Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.”

Beautiful Creatures is the first book in a series of four and is followed by Beautiful Darkness. Dream Dark: A Beautiful Creatures Story is a short story that was released as an ebook on August 8, 2011 just prior to the release of Beautiful ChaosBeautiful Redemption, the last book in the series, will be released October 23, 2012.


So far, here’s how the cast is shaping up:

Jack O'Connell as Ethan Wate

Alice Englert as Lena Duchaness

Viola Davis as Amma

Jeremy Irons as Macon Ravenwood

Zoey Deutch as Emily Asher

Emma Thompson as Mrs. Lincoln/Serafine

Emmy Rossum as Ridley Duchaness

J.D. Evermore as Mitchell Wate

Margo Martindale as Aunt Del

Rachel Brosnahan as Genevieve Duchaness

Tiffany Boone as Savannah Snow

So fellow YA lovers… any thoughts on the casting so far? Personally, with so many big names in this movie, I think this could actually be a winner!

If you’d like to see even more, take a peek at the book trailer: