I read Alex Flinn's Beastly over the weekend and was shocked to learn that they are already in production. I quite liked the book, the allusions to Beauty and the Beast, the integration of a tech-savvy teen and some magic as well.
But as a movie?
Here's my thoughts on the casting:
KYLE - Britain's Alex Pettyfer is pretty but has that sharp edge to him that James Spader used so well in the 80s, except he's prettier. (As you can see, I am really shallow). He was Alex Rider in Stormbreaker but I don't have any opinions on him acting wise. I am just impressed they didn't hire a 27 year old actor from the latest CW hit show. Do I think he will play a good Kyle/Adrian? I have a sneaking suspicion he might...and it has nothing to do with the 'pretty'.
The makeup? I am not so sure about because he's supposed to be beastly. Hence the title. Where's the hair? Instead he looks like the Joker after falling into the chemical tank and before the ridiculous makeup. Still it's enough to break a pretty boy's heart and that was the aim of the spell.
KENDRA - The witch who's behind it all as played by one of the Olsens (Mary Kate if you want to be exact but who really cares.) I know she's been in Weeds but it smacks of deliberate, publicity whoring casting to me. Couldn't they have hired an unknown?
WILL - The blind tutor will be played by Neil Patrick Harris. No complaints here, the boy can do everything and anything.
LINDA - Okay here's where I get super annoyed. Vanessa Hudgens? Really? That's the best you can freaking do. How are they going to make her plain? Put her hair in a ponytail? This girl has about as much talent as a paperclip. Her acting range is completely determined by how far she can lean her head to the left and depth of her dimples. I am officially aghast. I don't see a way that she can convey Lindy in an honest or real way. (Before people start crucifying me for hating HSM, I actually thought Zac Efron was reasonably good in the third movie, considering the material. Yes, I saw the third movie - I am offficially embarrassed. But I will reiterate, Miss Hudgens is in no way a thespian.)
Director/Screenwriter...Daniel Barnz was quoted as saying this :"It's sort of a curious mixture of Juno, Twilight and Say Anything. The premise is this incredibly magnetic good-looking 17-year-old guy is transformed into somebody who is hideously ugly and must find love in order to reverse that. So there are shades of Beauty and the Beast in it." This does not give me hope. He's definitely after the Twilight market like a Twilighter in heat. I don't see any of those movies in Beasty. It makes me genuinely scared for Ms Flinn.