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Archive for the ‘Byzantium’ Category
  M.   August 22, 2011

Thesp lands male lead in Neil Jordan pic
By Justin Kroll

Caleb Landry Jones has landed the male lead in “Byzantium” directed by Neil Jordan.

The pic currently stars Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton and is based on the Moira Buffini play.

Story revolves around a mother and daughter who are vampires and arrive in a small British town revealing their secret to the town. Jones plays a teenager dying of leukemia which in turns forces him to struggle with his mortality, causing Saorsie Ronan’s character to struggle with her own immortality.

Buffini also penned the script with Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley producing.

Jones was most recently seen in Fox’s “X-Men: First Class” and can be seen next in the Universal/Working Title co-production “Contraband” starring Mark Wahlberg.

He is repped by Paradigm, Untitled and Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal Laviolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman.

Source: Variety

  M.   May 24, 2011


Today’s A-listers are versatile chameleons who convince audiences they can inhabit the lives of just about anyone in any context. What they can’t do as convincingly is portray characters whose ages differ widely from their own.

Age might not be anything but a number, according to R&B singer Aaliyah, but it is important in establishing realism.

Still, a lot of recent casting announcements seem to be placing familiar actors in roles that don’t seem age-appropriate.

Sure, as audiences, we can suspend our disbelief, but that willingness may be stretched to the breaking point in some of these upcoming films. (…)

Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan as mother and daughter

Even more curious was the announcement of Byzantium, director Neil Jordan’s return to vampire movies, which will star Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan as vampires who pose as sisters. That’s believable, but they duo is actually supposed to be mother and daughter.

This is problematic because Arterton is 25 and Ronan is 17. So Arterton was 8 when she gave birth? Okay, vampires don’t exactly age like we poor mortals do, but still, does that make sense?

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  M.   May 15, 2011

CANNES — Oscar winning filmmaker Neil Jordan is reuniting with producer Stephen Woolley to make Byzantium, a female vampire movie with Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton as the lead bloodsuckers.

The original script is penned by Moira Buffini and details the story of a mother vampire who turns her own daughter into a vampire and the pair form a lethal partnership, sometimes posing as sisters.

The £8 million ($11 million) budgeted movie is set to shoot in October. Read More