Mourning the lack of Rob and Kristen on your big screen? Well, fear not, because Hollywood is determined to serve you up a new onscreen pair.
Teresa Palmer and Nicholas Hoult made a confusingly hot zombie/human couple in “Warm Bodies,” and this week, you’ll meet Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert, stars of the supernatural romance “Beautiful Creatures.”
Though their names aren’t familiar just yet, Alden and Alice have slowly been building up an impressive résumé of independent movies. Alice is the daughter of Oscar-winning director Jane Campion and filmmaker Colin Englert, so she grew up on movie sets and in editing rooms. Alden’s parents are not in the industry, but at 14, he was discovered by Steven Spielberg when he made a video for his friend’s bat mitzvah, which Spielberg was attending. The director was so impressed with how Alden filled out the kimono he was wearing (or, more likely, impressed by his acting talent) that he helped him out with meetings and auditions, which led to a role in Francis Ford Coppola’s “Tetro” and Woody Allen’s upcoming “Blue Jasmine.” Unfortunately for us, that bat mitzvah video hasn’t made its way to YouTube.
“It’s not on the Internet. It’s somewhere in a cabinet in my house,” Alden laughed. “It’s very funny, I’ve gotta find it. I don’t even know where it is right now!”
“Beautiful Creatures,” similar to “Twilight,” is based on the first of four YA novels about a human in love with an unearthly being. Here, the human is Ethan (Ehrenreich) who falls for Lena (Englert), a “caster” (basically a witch) just before her 16th birthday, where she’ll be claimed as either good or evil.
Because of the obvious comparisons to the “Twilight” franchise, both Alden and Alice initially said no to their roles.
“We got a breakdown for the film, which didn’t sound like its own movie,” Alden said. “But when I read the script, I was pleasantly surprised to find that [writer/director] Richard LaGravenese had taken the story and made a personal film. That’s what’s important to me — although this is a genre film and although it uses certain conventions, Richard really infused it with his personal voice. And luckily I was still available, I got the part, parachuted into New Orleans that same day. It was really a whirlwind.”
Check out everything we’ve got on “Beautiful Creatures.”