Emmy Rossum has been steadily acting for some time now, but I don’t think she’s ever attained the true star status that she deserves. She’s been drawing rave reviews for her work on the Showtime series “Shameless,” and now she’s picked up a role in a movie with some heavy hitters that might get her a bit more big screen respect. Variety reports that Rossum will join the cast of Beautiful Creatures, an adaptation of a novel with shades of the supernatural. More after the jump.
The Southern-set story “follows two star-crossed teenage lovers — a local boy and a mysterious new girl — who uncover dark secrets about their families, their history and their town.” Jack O’Connell will play the boy, Ethan, and Alice Englert will play the girl, Lena. The aforementioned heavy hitters are none other than recent Oscar-nominee Viola Davis, who will play a seer looking after Ethan and his father, and Oscar-winner Emma Thompson, but there’s no word yet on the part she’ll play. Rossum will slip into the role of Ridley, Lena’s cousin, a girl who became a dark witch on her 16th birthday and put a rift in the family.
Sounds like a solid group of actors to me (with the exception of the untested Englert in her debut), so I’ll hold out some hope for this one, despite its apparent similarities between “True Blood” and Twilight. Director Richard LaGravenese is also writing, and the film is slated for a 2013 release. What do you think?