New ‘Byzantium’ Trailer – Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan are Vampires

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Oscar-winner Neil Jordan, the filmmaker responsible for Interview with a Vampire and Ondine, as well as creator of the Showtime TV series The Borgias, returns to the supernatural horror genre with Byzantium, a vampire drama starring Gemma Arterton (Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters) and Saoirse Ronan (The Host).

The new trailer, likes its predecessor, highlights the vivid imagery photographed by Jordan and his cinematographer Sean Bobbitt (The Place Beyond the Pines), in addition to teasing enough of the story to grab your attention, without spoiling too much about its various twists and turns along the way.

Byzantium was adapted for the screen by Moira Buffini (Jane Eyre), based on her play, and weaves together two storylines: one focused on the centuries-old eternal schoolgirl Eleanor (Ronan) finding a kindred spirit in a human male teenager, while the other revolves around her “mother” Clara (Arterton), a vampire who struggles to protect her “child” from a world where they are persecuted by humans and male vampires alike (or so the trailer indicates).

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Gemma Arterton in ‘Byzantium’

Jordan and Buffini’s approach seems to be an effective way to bring fresh (after)life to the familiar vampirism parable – now that properties like the Twilight franchise have left that sub-genre feeling played out – and Byzantium, in general, appears to be far more thematically rich than any recent blood-sucker tale; not to mention, it boasts some gorgeous and gory, sexually-charged visuals (see: Arterton bathing in waterfalls of blood). Count me in, for sure.

Rounding out the Byzantium supporting cast are Caleb Landry Jones (X-Men: First Class), Jonny Lee Miller (Elementary), Sam Riley (On the Road) and Maria Doyle Kennedy (Orphan Black), among others.


Byzantium arrives On Demand (VOD) and in limited theatrical release on June 28th, 2013.

Source: Yahoo! Movies

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  1. Some beautiful shots and interesting leads. It reminded me of the short-lived relationship Kirsten Dunst had with the motherly woman from Interview With A Vampire; which isn’t a bad thing. I’d say this one’s worth a watch and looks to have a more classically elegant feel to it than the upcoming Kiss of the Damned, which seems more noir-ish and trippy. Might be a case where we actually have some decent vampire films to watch this year.

  2. It looks rather intriguing and it was nice the trailer didn’t give away too much of the plot. It certainly looks interesting and with a hit-or-miss director of great stuff like The Borgias, The Crying Game, The End of Affair, Michael Collins, and not as great stuff like Interview with a Vampire and The Brave One. This could be one of the best vampire films in awhile or a great bore.

  3. Fantastic, after seeing this trailer I don’t need to go see the movie since it gave everything away.

  4. Is it just me or is ronana basically always playing the same type of character?

    • I don’t know about that, but when I search my memory of scenes involving her, she kinda has the same “acting face” in every one of them. I haven’t seen a lot of her stuff yet. All of my memories of her involve her giving an almost blank stare. Does she emote, or display any type of emotional range? Or is this the case of a cute kid being cast because she’s, well, cute, and knows how to walk and deliver lines at the same time without stuttering?

      • She’s the best young actress around. Has numerous awards including an Oscar nom two Baftas, Golden Globe, Saturn win etc. This is just no cute kid – this is pure talent who’ll win as many Oscars as Meryl Streep!

    • Yeah! I think it’s just simple-minded people like yourself think that.

      • Hehe, i wasn’t commenting on her acting per say Zeno, just on her choice of roles. All three films of hers that I’m aware of she’s played an outsider type character. Misunderstood, searching for answer or her place. Different context in each one but still… Assasin, alien, vampire… Thematically though very different superficially, at their core, they are always playing in that same range. Just an observation.

        • You are correct. She is a s very talented actress, but her roles are all mostly in the same vein. It would be nice to see her step out of her comfort zone, but this is what’s landing her acting gigs, so you cant totally fault her.

    • Sadly It’s just you.

  5. Saoirse Ronan is a versatile actress. It’s natural that she got cast in certain kinds of movies to date. She actually does comedy quite well, but hasn’t had a chance to show it yet, but will in some new things she is doing. The last two or three movies were made when she was still in her mid to late teens. This movie, Byzantium was done and dusted long before The Host, although it only coming out now. She is already working on two or three different movies and is making a natural transition to the next stage of her acting career. But if you see the same actor or actress in many movies, you will naturally observe similar techniques etc and this shows more when the movie is of the same genre or style. Watch Merl Streep and you’ll see what I mean, she repeated the same type of acting in Bridges of Madison county in many other movies, Dustin Hoffman also. Helena Bonham Carter likewise, and you see that M.Fassbender is beginning to get put into that groove as well. Name any of actor, watch three or four of their movies and you’ll see what I mean. They become known for a certain style and that is what sticks to them. The difference today is that with current actors, we get a surfet of them on all forms of media every second and hour of the day. We’ve just seen one movie and it’s like they are back again a few weeks later with another. Then we start picking and criticising them. But don’t blame them, it isn’t their fault. We the public and critics have poor objectivity these days because we saturate ourselves with clips and fleeting images,that have little weight or impact. But not to worry, time is still moving at the same speed as 100 years ago – and usually for actors, singers, musicians etc, one has not to be taken in by current figures of sales etc which give a distorted impression of success given how things are downloaded. What one has to observe and to ask oneself is – where in ten years, twenty years, thirty years, forty years, fifty years will this artist be in terms of endurance, continued creativity and what will their real contribution have been? Will it be long forgotten, just a shadow, nothing at all or really significent. So my advice is to take the long view and stop over analysing people in the present seconds and moments, let lives settle and then when enough years have passed, take a closer look. I think and certainly hope that Saoirse will pass the test when people look back on her time.

    • Thanks for the input! If she’s got real talent, I hope she continues to get good, solid roles. All the political, behind-the-scenes, Hollywood BS aside, I want nothing more than to watch a movie and be absolutely blown away by actors/actresses nailing every scene. If she’s the best actress for a role – give it to her. Thanks again!

      • I believe you need to catch up on this subject Royal. She is the most gifted and exciting actress of her generation. She combines incredible natural acting ability with a powerful screen charisma. Saoirse was nominated for one Oscar and two BAFTAS by the age of fifteen.

        Go back and watch some of her films before writing stuff like “if she got real talent” etc. Mainstream filmgoers don’t know who she is, but watch out when she lands the right role.

        • “Go back and watch some of her films before writing stuff like “if she got real talent” etc.”

          Oh my.

    • You should check out Amy Heckerling’s comedy, “I Could Never Be Your Woman”.
      Saoirse Ronan is terrific in that and upstages vastly more experienced A-list actors.

  6. The only thing I can say it’s that I’m watching this only because of talented Saoirse Ronan. She’s able to play with emotions, face and body. She’s something special indeed.

  7. No fangs now just long nails ?
    Wonder why they changed it, guess I’ll have to see the movie to find out.

  8. Totally going to see this. I think it’ll be very much about growing up and not needing your parent (who clearly needs you) anymore.

  9. So when is the torrent release? :P