Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Beastly coming to theaters soon!
Book by: Alex Flinn
Coming July 30th, 2010
From the Facebook fan page:
Kyle Kingson (Alex Pettyfer) has it all – looks, intelligence, wealth and opportunity – and a wicked cruel streak. Prone to mocking and humiliating “aggressively unattractive” classmates, he zeroes in on Goth classmate Kendra, inviting her to the school’s extravagant environmental bash. Kendra accepts, and, true to form, Kyle blows her off in a particularly savage fashion. She retaliates by casting a spell that physically transforms him into everything he despises. Enraged by his horrible and unrecognizable appearance he confronts Kendra and learns that the only solution to the curse is to find someone that will love him as he is – a task he considers impossible.
Repulsed by his appearance, Kyle’s callous father banishes him to Brooklyn with a sympathetic housekeeper (LisaGay Hamilton) and blind tutor (Neil Patrick Harris). As Kyle ponders how to overcome the curse and get his old life back, he chances upon a drug addict in the act of killing a threatening dealer. Seizing the opportunity, Kyle promises the addict freedom and safety for his daughter Lindy (Vanessa Hudgens) if she will consent to live in Kyle’s Brooklyn home. Thus begins Kyle’s journey to discover true love in this hyper-modern retelling of the classic “Beauty and the Beast” story.
Vanessa Hudgens (“High School Musical”) and Alex Pettyfer (“Wild Child,” “Stormbreaker”) star in “Beastly” for CBS Films, the film division within CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS). Daniel Barnz (“Phoebe In Wonderland”) is directing the project which commenced principal photography in Montreal in mid-June 2009.
Susan Cartsonis (“No Reservations,” “What Women Want”) is producing through her company, Storefront Pictures. Roz Weisberg is co-producing. In addition to his role as director, Barnz wrote the screenplay, which is based on the Alex Flinn novel of the same name.
I've seen this book for a long time... maybe a sign for me to try it? Problem is, the movie has two VERY annoying and bad actresses, Vannessa Hudgens, who plays the "Beauty" of this movie and Mary-Kate Olsen who plays the "Witch." Ugh. Don't know how I feel about that kind of casting. But I must say, this book has been popping up everywhere and I like to read popular books, (sorry I can't help it...) just to see what all the hype is about. Plus it has been so long since I've read a YA novel that's based on a movie lately. A TO-SEE. Maybe...
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