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Olivia Williams Boards ‘The Seventh Son’; Emmy Rossum One of the ‘Beautiful Creatures’

Posted by , on March 3, 2012 at 5:53 pm 

In a dual instance of actresses being cast in supernatural films that Warner Bros. will release in February of 2013…

First up, Deadline reports that the criminally underused Olivia Williams (Rushmore, The Ghost Writer) has signed for a role in Sergey Bodrov‘s The Seventh Son, a film that’s pretty much rounded out its cast with Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Ben Barnes, Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, and Antje Traue.

Williams‘ casting keeps in line with most additions to the cast — which is to say, we don’t know anything about her character — so, as per usual, take Amazon‘s synopsis of the Joseph Delaney-penned novel for some information:

“When 12-year-old Thomas, seventh son of a seventh son, is apprenticed to the local Spook, whose job is to fight evil spirits and witches, he expects a life of danger. However, the boy doesn’t realize just how soon he’ll face a powerful enemy alone, as Mother Malkin escapes her confinement while the Spook is away. Thomas is forced to use his wits, and the help of his enigmatic new friend, Alice, to fight the evil witch. And defeating her is only the start of the boy’s problems.”

Such a dearth of information notwithstanding, I’m simply pleased to know Williams has another big project hitting in the next twelve months, give or take (Hyde Park on Hudson and Anna Karenina being among the others). Production on the film should begin any day now, with a release date of February 15th, 2013 having been set.

Meanwhile, Variety says that Emmy Rossum (Shameless) will soon be seen in Beautiful Creatures, a story of teen love written and directed by Richard LaGravenese. The story follows “two star-crossed teenage lovers — a local boy (Jack O’Connell) and a mysterious new girl (Alice Englert) — who uncover dark secrets about their families, their history and their town.” Rossum‘s part looks to play a big part in this side of the story, being “Ridley, Englert‘s cousin who became a dark witch on her 16th birthday, which turned the two girls into enemies.”

Viola Davis and Emma Thompson will also lead the adaptation of Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl‘s novel — the first of a trilogy, if you know what I mean — which begins shooting next month. Beautiful Creatures is expected to open on February 1st, 2013.

Does Williams add any promise to The Seventh Son? Or, Rossum to Creatures?


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