First clip from Neil Jordan's vampire pic Byzantium starring Saoirse Ronan

Director Neil Jordan has tackled vampires before with the adaptation of Anne Rice's INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE, but now he's taking a different approach to the bloodsuckers with BYZANTIUM, a much smaller-scale story that focuses on a mother-daughter vampire team on the run.  Starring Saoirse Ronan, Johnny Lee Miller, Gemma Arterton, Warren Brown, and Sam Riley, the film is about to premiere at TIFF, but today we have our first clip from the gothic pic.

Have a taste:

My opinion on the vampire genre has been exposed and I think this looks much more intriguing than the pretty/emo vampires we've seen of late.  If anything, this clip is pretty creepy and shows the potential of the film to trek into some darker territory within the vampire mythology.  The very last thing we need is another "hugs n' kisses" vampire pic.

Here's the synopsis:

Two mysterious women seek refuge in a run-down coastal resort. Clara (Gemma Arterton) meets lonely Noel, who provides shelter in his deserted guesthouse, Byzantium. Schoolgirl Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan) befriends Frank and tells him their lethal secret. They were born 200 years ago and survive on human blood. As knowledge of their secret spreads, their past catches up on them with deathly consequence.

BYZANTIUM is set to debut at TIFF with a release date soon to follow.  Stay tuned.

Extra Tidbit: Saoirse Ronan is one of the most compelling young actresses working today. I suspect we will see many a great performance from her in the future.
Source: Empire



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