Saturday, February 4, 2012

Viola Davis gets bookish. Very bookish.

I'm so happy things are going so well for Viola Davis! She seems so genuine and she is such a good actress; I still say her work in The Help was a breeze for her but I am glad she is getting some well-deserved recognition. Variety reports that she has booked two bookish roles; in Ender's Game and Beautiful Creatures, two book adapatations shooting this year.
In Ender's Game, Orson Scott Cards' classic sci-fi novel of a future where the government uses children to help fight a war against an insectoid race of aliens. Davis will play a military psychologist overseeing the emotional welfare of  the young trainees. Asa Butterfield, that beautiful boy from HUGO, is the brilliant young Ender himself. As I posted back in December, the cast also includes Harrison Ford, as Colonel Hyrum Graff, Commander of Training for the International Fleet, Sir Ben Kinglsey as Ender's mentor - Kingsley and Butterfield's relationship in HUGO will do doubt prove helpful here! Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) plays  Petra Arkanian, Ender's closest ally.  Add this to your books to read before it comes out in theatres next year on March 15th. Production is scheduled to begin in New Orleans this month! Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) will direct from his own script.
When Ender's Game wraps, Viola Davis will roll over to Beautiful Creatures, set to start shooting in New Orleans in April.  Not to be confused with the Rachel Weisz film from 2000, this movie is an adaptation based on the first book of The Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl and is being written and directed by Richard LaGravenese (P.S. I Love You)
The story of The story of Lena Duchannes, who is trying to hide a curse that has haunted her family for generations. Fellow Gatlin resident Ethan Wate meets Lena when she moves into the town's oldest plantation; the two soon realize they're inextricably linked.Viola Davis is set to play Amma, a seer who looks after Ethan. Surprisingly, no word yet as to who will play the key parts of Lena and Ethan!
Apparently, Warners and Alcon Entertainment have been developing the adaptation since 2009, in hopes that they have found the next Twilight Saga. The next two books in the series, Beautiful Darkness and Beautiful Chaos have also been optioned for movies. Producer Erwin Stoff  (I Am Legend, The Matrix) says

"This story successfully uses the bucolic, peaceful world of the Gothic South and the stories of families that have been rooted there for generations to tell a story of fated love. Our intention is to create characters that are so rich, and a world that is so inviting, that audiences will desire to have the story continue beyond this movie."

For what it's worth, here's the trailer Little Brown made for the book before it was published in 2009

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