Looks like Eva Green (“Penny Dreadful”, Casino Royale) will be reuniting with Dark Shadows director Tim Burton, as Variety reports they’ll bring Ransom Riggs’ 2011 young adult novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children to the big screen for 20th Century Fox.
The novel, which spent a respectable 63 weeks on The New York Times Best Sellers list, is a mix of rhyme and, well, “peculiar” images to accompany the even more peculiar prose. Confused? Check out this Wiki synopsis:
Jacob Portman, a 16-year-old boy, goes to Wales to find out the truth of his grandfather’s past after he was murdered by what Jacob thought was a make-believe creature. When he arrives, he finds the home where his grandfather and the peculiar children stayed. That is where he meets Emma, a “strikingly pretty” girl who can control fire. She takes him to meet Miss Peregrine in a time loop set back in 1940. Jacob enjoys hanging out with the other peculiar children, such as Millard, who is invisible, and Bronwyn, who has incredible strength. Then Jacob is told some mysterious stories of strange killings in the pub he’s staying at, and warns the peculiar children. When they tell Jacob he is the only one who can see the “hollows” or “hollowgasts”, the monsters that killed Jacob’s grandfather, Jacob knows he is the only hope they have for safety.
Jacob and some of the peculiar children encounter a hollow which Jacob kills. Upon return to the Miss Peregrine’s home, they find that Miss Peregrine has been kidnapped. The children rescue Miss Peregrine, but she is in bird form and cannot change back to human form. At the end of the book, the peculiar children look for another time loop they can stay in because their current one has been taken over by hollows.
Sounds pretty cool, right? At first I was a little skeptical about casting Green because her characters always have a rather severe look to them, but remembering this book is pretty severe (in a good way) and it’s Burton’s vision, she’s the right choice.
But just in case I found an image of her where she looks soft and lovely.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will begin shooting in February 2015, so what do you think about this casting? Who else would you like to see in this upcoming peculiar Tim Burton film?
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