If you want to talk about directors that have fallen from their pedestals, you don’t have to look much further than Tim Burton, who for about the first half of his career created some of the most beloved genre films of the past couple decades, but for the past few years or so has made nothing but mediocre to disappointing titles.
After trying to go back to his Ed Wood days with Big Eyes though, Burton is set to tackle a new book adaptation of a beloved novel, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, which anyone familiar with the source material will agree with me when I say, practically screams Tim Burton anyways.
Now, EW has released the first official images from the film, which not only give us our first look at several of the film’s cast members including Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Ella Purnell, and more, but also some of the film’s strange, unique visuals.
Check out the photos below:
The film follows Butterfield’s Jake as a teenager dealing with nightmares and personal issues, who visits his grandmother’s old home based on the advice of his therapist. It’s only when he arrives that he realizes the home is now an orphanage for children with strange powers, run by Miss Pelegrine (Eva Green), who Burton describes as a “scary Mary Poppins.” Considering how wasted Green was in Burton’s Dark Shadows too, I’m gonna keep my fingers crossed that she actually gets to shine as the titular character here.
Pelegrine is a ““a shape-shifter known as an ymbryne,” that protects the orphanage’s children from monsters called “hollows.” For those of you wondering too, the orphanage houses a number of unique characters including ““Olive (Lauren McCrostie), Bronwyn (Pixie Davies), Millard (Cameron King), and the twins (Thomas and Joseph Odwell).”
In addition to the new world and characters, the film also follows a romantic subplot between Jake and Purnell’s Emma, who “in an earlier life, also had a special bond with Jake’s grandfather,” and out of the images released, the last one between the two characters might just be my favorite. After a streak of nothing but disappointing outings though, here’s to hoping Miss Pelegrine’s helps Burton find his old magic again. It is a dark fairytale after all, who better to handle something like that?
Miss Pelegrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is set to to hit theatres on September 30th.
Make sure to keep checking back for more updates — right here on GeekNation.
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