The Weinstein Company's adaptation of VAMPIRE ACADEMY: BLOOD SISTERS is coming along nicely, adding a few cool names to the bloodsucking proceedings. According to Deadline, Gabriel Byrne, "Modern Family" star Sarah Hyland, Joely Richardson and Dominic Sherwood have all come aboard the fim version of Richelle Mead's popular book series.
Byrne will play Victor, one of the leaders of the Academy, while Hyland will play Natalie, Victor’s daughter and the best friend of the lead Rose and Lissa characters. Richardson will play Queen Tatiana, leader of the Moroi Vampires, while Sherwood will be playing Christian, Lissa’s love interest.
The newcomers join the previously-announced Zooey Deutsch, Lucy Fry, Olga Kurylenko, Danila Kozlovski, Sami Gayle, Cameron Monaghan, Ashley Charles and Claire Foy.
St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger. Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.
Filming on Vampire Academy is scheduled to start next week; the film has a Valentine's Day 2014 release set.