September 20, 2012 1:02pm PT by Joshua Stecker
'Beautiful Creatures' Trailer Debuts, Smells Like Teenage Spirits (Video)
“I don’t believe we have one fate and no choice. We make our own lives," says newcomer Alden Ehrenreich as Ethan Wate, the brooding leading man in the new trailer for Warner Bros. highly anticipated new young adult film franchise, Beautiful Creatures.
The trailer, which debuted Wednesday, introduces us to Wate and Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert), two star-crossed teenagers with, naturally, deep dark secrets. Lena arrives in Ethan's southern town of Gatlin, South Carolina, to live with her uncle Macon (Jeremy Irons) and soon captures Ethan's attention. Lena, as it turns out, isn't like all the other girls in town -- she possesses a strange and magical power that is about to manifest itself on her upcoming 16th birthday, as part of the "Claiming" ritual that forces her to decide her fate, be it light or dark. Their teenage romance is tested further by Lena's mysterious and powerful family.
The trailer gives glimpses of the film's eccentric cast, including Irons, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Lincoln, Emmy Rossum looking stylish as Ridley Duchaness and Viola Davis as Amma. The film is based on the first book in the popular Caster Chronicles series of novels written by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl and was adapted for the screen and directed by Richard LaGravenese (P.S. I Love You).
Beautiful Creatures opens Feb. 13, 2013. Watch the trailer below: