Could you love this face?
CBS Films is moving in on the “monstrous romance” niche that’s encroaching on our genre with Beastly, a “Beauty and the Beast” tale about a dude struck with a curse and becomes…tattooed and pieced? Well, that’s what we glean from the photo you see of the “beast” below.
Daniel Barnz (Phoebe In Wonderland) directed the project which commenced principal photography in Montreal in mid-June 2009. It’s based on a novel by Alex Finn. You can find two other pictures – of stars Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens (looking like she’s in mid-“snap”) – by clicking on the photo below.
Synopsis: Kyle Kingson (Alex Pettyfer) has it all â looks, intelligence, wealth and opportunity â and a wicked cruel streak. Prone to mocking and humiliating “aggressively unattractive” classmates, he zeroes in on Goth classmate Kendra, inviting her to the school’s extravagant environmental bash. Kendra accepts, and, true to form, Kyle blows her off in a particularly savage fashion. She retaliates by casting a spell that physically transforms him into everything he despises. Enraged by his horrible and unrecognizable appearance he confronts Kendra and learns that the only solution to the curse is to find someone that will love him as he is â a task he considers impossible.
Repulsed by his appearance, Kyle’s callous father banishes him to Brooklyn with a sympathetic housekeeper (LisaGay Hamilton) and blind tutor (Neil Patrick Harris). As Kyle ponders how to overcome the curse and get his old life back, he chances upon a drug addict in the act of killing a threatening dealer. Seizing the opportunity, Kyle promises the addict freedom and safety for his daughter Lindy (Vanessa Hudgens) if she will consent to live in Kyleâs Brooklyn home. Thus begins Kyle’s journey to discover true love.
The film is due in theaters July 30, 2010.
Source: Ryan Rotten, Managing Editor