First glimpses at Richard LaGravenese's "Beautiful Creatures" have been unveiled in behind-the-scene footage shared by MTV. Focusing on Emmy Rossum's character Ridley Duchannes, the video gives a look at the villainess during what seems to be a supper in a Southern Gothic castle known as the Ravenwood Manor.
Judging from the video, the upcoming novel-adapted film will likely feature a dark-toned Gothic world involving some magical elements. Talking about her villainess character, Rossum says, "I play Ridley Duchannes, and she is a fine Southern young lady, and she is a dark caster."
"She was claimed for the dark when she was 16 and since then has been basically up to no good, which is a lot of fun to play," so the actress adds. "Basically, my role in the film is to come back and esure that Lena Duchannes, played by Alice Englert, her cousin, turns dark when she turns 16."
Rossum, who dyed her hair red for the role, opens up about Ridley's special power as a caster. "Ridley's main power is the ability to manipulate people, especially men, and to use her charms to get what she wants, whatever that is," she says.
Speaking about the scene shown in the behind-the-scene footage, Rossum explains that "the scene we are filming today is the most important scene for Ridley." She goes on, "It's kind of her turning point, her big moment where she makes stuff hit the fan, and it's really fun to kind of manipulate and play with the dynamic and unercurrents of the character."
"Is she all evil? Does she have goodness inside? When is she really being herself and when is she really playing people? It's really fun for me to play," she gushes. "Everything on this specific set actually moves and actually does the things it says in the script, which in most films would be completely CG."
"This is all actually happening, so as actors, when we walked on to the stage and realized the chandelier does actually move, the chairs did actually spin, the table did actually spin, there was actually going to a be a hurricane actually happening while we were shooting, it was all very exciting."
Adapted from the first of a five-novel series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, "Beautiful Creatures" follows high-school student Ethan who meets and becomes bewitched by Lena. The 16-year-old girl moves to a small South Carolina town where the boy lives. The couple later must confront a curse that has haunted Lena's family for generations as she comes to grip with her powers.
The upcoming film has stolen the attention especially since it has been deemed the next big thing after the "Twilight Saga" film series. Being in development since 2009, the movie is still shooting in New Orleans but has been scheduled to hit theaters across the U.S. on February 15, 2013.