‘Vampire Academy’ First Look: Zoey Deutch Enrolls At St. Vlad’s

With the “Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters” teaser trailer debut just hours away, the Weinstein Company is whetting our appetite for all things St. Vlad’s with a handful of first look images that debuted this morning at USA Today.

All three feature “Beautiful Creatures” actress Zoey Deutch as Rose Hathaway, the badass bodyguard-in-training at the heart of Richelle Mead’s best-selling book series. The story follows Rose as she returns to school after having run away with her best friend, Moroi princess Lissa (Lucy). But the dangers that sent them fleeing in the first place seem to have returned, and Rose must protect Lissa from a mysterious foe who wants her gone. Of course, in between all that mortal peril, there may just be a few cute boys waiting in the wings to complicate things. (A certain Russian mentor comes to mind…)

When we talked to Zoey earlier this year before shooting began on “Vampire Academy” in London, she explained a bit about the tone screenwriter Daniel Waters and director Mark Waters were aiming for.

“It is so funny. The script is so funny, and it is so interesting,” she said. “I don’t even know what kind of genre it would be categorized in. It’s very different. And I’m very excited, and the tone is so interesting—and Mark Waters, who I’m like a huge fan of. It’s going to be really crazy. It’s such a crazy-good character. She’s such a badass.”

Indeed she is! (Even if it’s hard to tell from these sneak peek images.) But we’re fairly certain her butt-kicking ways will be on full display when that teaser trailer debuts. Or else.

“Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters,” co-starring Danila Kozlovsky, Sarah Hyland and Gabriel Byrne, opens February 14, 2014.

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