For fans of Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy books, the upcoming film adaptation could not be more heavily anticipated. Security was tight on the secretive set when we visited earlier this year in London, but Fandango found a way through, and we proudly share 10 things you simply must know about this exciting new YA vampire series.
1. The film nearly didn’t happen. When the project came to producers Don Murphy and Susan Montford at the height of Twilight’s popularity, they resisted reading Richelle Mead’s books, fearing vampire overkill. When their fellow producer Michael Preger wore them down, they realised what they’d missed. “Eventually we read it, and it was amazing. We knew we had to be involved in it,” says Murphy. And anyway, vampires are immortal, adds Montford: “So there is no vampire overkill!”
2. Daniel and Mark Waters, respectively the writer and director of the adaptation, truly get the books, according to Mead. “I like to mix things. It’s not straight romance and it’s not straight adventure. It’s got funny moments, but it’s not a comedy. They really get how to mesh that.”
3. St. Vladimir’s Academy is in… London, England. Fandango journeyed to University College London, the hallways and lecture halls of which provided the real-world backdrop for the school, which is set in Montana. London’s architecture simply offered the perfect backdrop for filming. “It’s my first time overseas, and I’m so excited,” says star Sarah Hyland (Modern Family), who plays Natalie Dashkov. “But we’re on night shoots and I haven’t been able to do much sightseeing. I want to do the London Eye and all the stupid tourist stuff.”
Here at MTV News, we like to celebrate Halloween with tricks and treats, hence our latest episode of After Hours with Josh Horowitz. The host’s featured guests were “Vampire Academy” co-stars Lucy Fry and Zoey Deutch, so it seemed only fitting to play a couple rounds of “F—, Marry, Kill: Vampire Edition.” (Or, as Fry preferred, “Snuggle, Marry, Kill.)
First up, the handsomest of the handsome bloodsuckers: Edward Cullen from “Twilight” (played by Robert Pattinson), Eric Northman from “True Blood” (played by Alexander Skarsgard) and Damon Salvatore from “The Vampire Diaries” (played by Ian Somerhalder).
If you haven’t read the popular YA series Vampire Academy (yet!), the best way to describe it is Gossip Girl meets Twilight. AKA? The awesomest book series turned blockbuster flick in ages. The movie adaptation—from the screenwriter behind Heathers and the director of Mean Girls—won’t hit theaters until next year, but we got some inside scoop from the incredibly cool cast at New York City’s Comic Con. (We also got to see a sneak peek of the film, and OMG it’s going to be great.)
In the past, vampire movies haven’t always been totally—or, um, at all—realistic, but this one is nothing if not relatable. Minus the whole blood-sucking thing, of course. When asked what her favorite thing about the film is, leading lady Zoey Deutch, who plays the part-human, part-vampire heroine, said, “I appreciate that it captures some of the hilarity of being a teenager. It’s not poking fun at vampires or teenagers, but it’s understanding that both can sometimes be slightly ridiculous and acknowledging that.”
Zoey was stunning at the ELLE’s 20th Annual Women In Hollywood Celebration at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 21, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. Thanks to Nicole for some photos!
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Zoey attends the ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ Los Angeles premiere held at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on October 17, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.
Edit: More photos have been added, thanks to Mimi for some of them.
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Vampire Academy tells the story of Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutch), a half-human, half-vampire creature called a Dhampir. The Dhampir race has a very important mission: to protect mortal vampires called the Moroi from brutal, immortal vampires called Strigoi. St. Vladimir’s Academy is where Rose trains to fulfill her destiny.
Think this is just another vamp movie? Think again. Deutch told us what makes this film stand out from others like it is, “It’s truly a story of friendship between two girls, and it’s very funny.”
Bloodsucking can be funny? “Yes,” said Deutch, who told us that director Mark Waters created a film that is similar in tone to classic teen dark-comedies like Mean Girls and Heathers.
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01. Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutch)
”This is a little bit of a leap off the book,” teases Vampire Academy director Mark Waters, ”but Rose has a brief moment where she has a chance to kill a Strigoi, but then she hesitates because she’s still a novice, and fails to go through with it. I have to keep it a little cryptic because I don’t want to reveal too many things that happen in the movie, but it is her brief moment of trying to do something, but her training is not quite up to it yet.”
02. Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutch) and Dimitri Belikov (Danila Kozlovsky)
”This is an interesting one because there’s a running gag in the movie where Rose tries to surprise attack Dimitri, and this is the first time she tries to do it,” previews Waters. ”She says, ‘I should have had you!’ And he says, ‘Well, keep it up. Keep trying to attack. It’s good training for both of us.’ But the tension of this moment is nice because after he tackles her and pins her down, they realize, ‘Wait a second. I’m still holding you down. And we’re still really close to each other.’ It’s a bit of an uncomfortable, awkward, romantic moment when they realize that they’re this close to each other and they have to kind of quickly disengage.”
03. Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutch) and Dimitri Belikov (Danila Kozlovsky)
”[Dimitri is] kind of her mentor and trainer,” says Waters. ”Rose comes back to the academy after having missed a year from training and is kind of out of shape and not as impressive as she once was. But after him taking her under his wing and really busting her in training, she gets better and better at these martial-arts moves that she’ll need later.”