Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Arterton to Play Vampires
MAY 16, 2011 - Saoirse Ronan (right) and Gemma Arterton (left, below) have been picked to play vampiresses in the new movie Byzantium. Oscar-winning film-maker Neil Jordan is reuniting with producer Stephen Woolley to make the movie which will also have Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes and Jeremy Irvine.
The original script is by Moira Buffini. It is 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 original script is based on a theatre play by Buffini but has been taken to a slightly more adult, darker level, Woolley said.
The US$11 million (RM33 million) budget movie is set to shoot in October. Jordan and Woolley have made several movies dating back to 1984's The Company of Wolves, based on Angela Carter's novel.
Woolley produced Jordan's Oscar-winning The Crying Game. They last worked together on "Breakfast on Pluto" in 2005. Woolley is gearing up to shoot the Mike Newell-directed adaptation of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, penned by David Nicholls.
Byzantium has the backing of BBC Films and the British Film Institute. (Report by Hollywood Reporter)