Saoirse Ronan And Gemma Arterton To Co-Star In Vampire Pic Byzantium

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In yet more news of upcoming films being shopped around at Cannes, a mother-daughter vampire flick called Byzantium sounds like an intriguing project. It will star Saoirse Ronan (Hanna) and Gemma Arterton (Clash of the Titans), with acclaimed filmmaker Neil Jordon set to direct.

According to THR, Arterton and Ronan will play a pair of deadly blood-suckers in this film about a vampire mother who turns her own daughter into a vampire. The lethal team sometimes pose as sisters, and their presence in a sleepy town coincides with a string of murders.

Does anyone else feel that suddenly Hollywood is super-saturated with Ronan? She’s everywhere, fresh off Hanna and already set for upcoming film projects The Host, Anna Karenina, Effie, and now Byzantium. I think she’s a competent actress, but there’s something about her looks and demeanor I usually find unlikable.

Jordan re-teams with producer Stephen Woolley to make Byzantium. Their past collaborative efforts include Oscar winning The Crying Game, and the nightmarish fairytale The Company of Wolves.

Jordan is no stranger to atmospheric horror films. His dark, surreal 1984 The Company of Wolves (which he also scripted) has quite a cult following, and he brought a deft touch to Anne Rice’s tedious screenplay in Interview with a Vampire. He also directed a little known horror film called In Dreams, which starred Robert Downey Jr. and Annette Bening and sports some of the most artistic and stunning visuals I’ve ever seen in a horror film.

Byzantium is penned by Moira Buffini (Jane Eyre), and is the film adaptation of her youth theater play “A Vampire Story.” Though based on the slightly more innocuous tale geared towards youth, Woolley says the movie version will be a darker, more adult take on the original story.

I’m thinking this film will have a Let Me In vibe. As much as I hate to admit it, since I’m usually in the can’t-get-enough-vampires crowd, I’m actually getting sick of vampire-themed flicks; especially as finding a fresh vampire story is as rare as finding a fresh corpse nowadays. But this film has me hopeful. The story may be a little tired, but I expect Jordan will bring some amazing atmospheric and visual artistry to the table.

With a budget of only 11 million, Byzantium is set to start filming in October.

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  1. jaerrynn33says:

    Hey please don’t say anything against Saoirse! She is amazing and beautiful and unbelievely talented and Irish 🙂

  2. Scastagnoli1says:

     Why in the hell would you make a statement like that!  Your writing about this industry and you criticize the most gifted and exciting young talent in film.  She a nice looking young woman with amazing cat-like eyes and comes across as very bright and respectful to others.  She also has an incredibly powerful screen presence and charisma unlike any I’ve ever seen from someone so young.  Please be more careful rather than cavalier with your attitude!    

  3. Scastagnoli1says:

     Why in the hell would you say something like that about the most gifted and exciting young talent in film?  She’s a nice looking young woman with amazing cat-like eyes, and she has an incredibly powerful screen charisma and presence unlike any I’ve seen from one her age.   She also comes across in interviews as very bright and respectful of other people.  You should be more careful about your choice of words and less cavalier with your attitude!  

  4. RileyMagnoliasays:

    “Does anyone else feel that suddenly Hollywood is super-saturated with Ronan? She’s everywhere, fresh off Hanna and already set for upcoming film projects The Host, Anna Karenina, Effie, and now Byzantium. I think she’s a competent actress, but there’s something about her looks and demeanor I usually find unlikable.”

    You and one other person, but that person failed to back up his statement on how Ronan is “overexposed.” So far, the only news I heard of Ronan after Hanna (the media exposure for that is miniscule when compared to other projects) is her leaving The Hobbit and being cast in The Host followed by a small notice of her and Arterton being cast in Byzantium.

    Can you please offer on some concrete evidence that she comes across as unlikeable? My guess is that you read an article that listed her rumored up-coming projects and you listed her as unlikeable. I would rather Ronan being offered roles over most of the young actresses today. The difference between  them? Ronan actually is a proven talent.

  5. Catbalooshsays:

    My advice to you is.. There are other careers out there. If you think Saoirse Ronan is merely a “competent” actress, you are in the wrong job. Watch her oscar nominated performance in “Atonement”, her stunning portrayal of Susie Salmon in “The Lovely Bones” and tell me she was just “competent”.

    Unlike you, Saoirse Ronan is supreme in her work

  6. Pfeiffermansays:

    First time I discovered this site. Last time I’ll visit. With all the vapid teen actresses out there infecting the cinema, you’re criticizing Ronan? Seriously?
    Ronan is among the young actresses that could save film from the Disney idiocy that dominates.
    Only competent? Compared to what? Cyrus, Gomez, other talentless teen actresses.
    Go back to film school and learn before you write anything again.

  7. Sammysays:

    Hey, what’s up with that snarky remark towards Saoirse Ronan? Competent? Understatement of the year! That’s no way to describe one of the best actresses today, super talented that’s more like it.

    If she’s everywhere than where is Jolie?

  8. Ronan is only an ok actress, it’s the likes of those Disney and Nickelodeon girls you have to watch out for, there amazing. (sarcasm by the way)

    I found that comment amount Saoirse ridiculous, you would be hard pushed to find a better actress working today, not just “young” actress. And she is also one of the most likeable people in the industry. P.s Her looks a very likeable.

  9. uhhh . . .

    “I’m thinking this film will have a Let Me In vibe.”

    http://tinyurl.com/3mk56gu

    Buffini wants the screenplay to have a “Let the Right One In” vibe, not a “Let Me In” vibe because that was an empty bottle of awesomeness. We want awesomeness. 

  10. Catbalooshsays:

    …but there’s something about her looks and demeanor I usually find unlikable.

    Are you a failed actress? Did you dream of being someone like Saoirse Ronan but didn’t have the talent? How sad you are to say such things about a beautiful actress and lovely young lady. Saoirse Ronan is a supremely gifted actress and humble with it. She is also a great role model for young girls. Everyone’s entitled to their opinion… Yours just doesn’t make any sense whatsoever.

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