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Casting Watch: Alden Ehrenreich Takes Over Lead on Supernatural 'Beautiful Creatures'

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood April 11, 2012 at 5:20PM

Alden Ehrenreich joins Viola Davis, Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons, and Emmy Rossum in potential franchise "Beautiful Creatures." Writer-director Richard LaGravenese adapted the script from Kami Carcia and Margaret Stohl's New York Times bestseller, an intense coming-of-age story about how two star-crossed lovers, Ethan and Lena, uncover dark family secrets.
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Alden Ehrenreich joins Viola Davis, Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons, and Emmy Rossum in potential franchise "Beautiful Creatures." Writer-director Richard LaGravenese adapted the script from Kami Carcia and Margaret Stohl's New York Times bestseller, an intense coming-of-age story about how two star-crossed lovers, Ethan and Lena, uncover dark family secrets.

Ehrenreich , who was discovered as a kid by Steven Spielberg and later cast by Francis Ford Coppola in "Tetro," replaces Jack O’Connell in the role of Ethan Wate. Alcon, which states that O'Connell had scheduling conflicts, has film rights to all three books in the Little Brown series (including “Beautiful Darkness,” and “Beautiful Chaos") and is looking for “Creatures” to launch a trilogy franchise at Warners.

Ehrenreich just completed filming on “Stoker” opposite Mia Wasikowska and Nicole Kidman for Fox Searchlight. Filming on "Beautiful Creatures" begins later this month in and around New Orleans.

This article is related to: Viola Davis, Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.