Author Ransom Riggs’ 2011 debut novel, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”, is an unusual novel that was originally intended to be a picture book composed of vintage photographs that had been collected by Riggs – before the writer (on the advice of his editor) decided to instead construct a narrative around the photos, most of which depict mysterious locations and/or unidentified children. It is fitting, then, that a director as famously eccentric as Tim Burton is the one bringing Riggs’ off-beat fantasy story to the big screen with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, a film adaptation that will be hitting theaters this fall.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was adapted for the big screen by Jane Goldman, a prolific screenwriter with a knack for both stories about the supernatural (The Woman in Black) and young people capable of super-heroic deeds (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class, and, in essence, Kingsman: The Secret Service). The world of Miss Peregrine’s Home combines both of those elements in a universe where children and teenagers who possess “peculiar” abilities or super-powers are schooled in secret by magical individuals such as Miss Peregrine (Eva Green) and Miss Avocet (Judi Dench).
Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game) stars in the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children movie as Jacob, a young man who goes searching for Miss Peregrine and other “Peculiars” after hearing stories about them from his late grandfather. The main Miss Peregrine’s Home trailer briefly introduces most of the main “Peculiars” in the film (as well as their enemies), but 20th Century Fox has now unveiled several Miss Peregrine’s Home character posters that better highlight the individual “Peculiars”, one by one.
For starters, we have the ordinary (or is he?) Jacob who seeks out Miss Peregrine and her various “Peculiars”:
Next we have Miss Peregrine herself, a lady who can turn herself into a bird – and whom Burton (having previously worked alongside Green on Dark Shadows) describes as a “weird Mary Poppins-like character”:
Here is Ella Purnell (Maleficent) as Emma Bloom, a character who can control air but must always be weighed down or attached to the ground with a rope (lest she float away):
Up next is Lauren McCrostie (The Falling) as Olive Abroholos Elephanta, a teenage who has the very X-Men-like ability of being able to manipulate fire with her hands:
Pictured below is relative newcomer Cameron King as Millard Nullings – who, as you may’ve noticed, can turn himself completely invisible:
Below is Pixie Davies (The White Queen) as Bronwyn Buntley, a young girl who (as she’s demonstrating here) possesses super-human strength:
This next Miss Peregrine’s Home poster shows relative newcomers Joseph and Thomas Odwell as (fittingly) “The Twins”, a pair of brothers with telepathic abilities:
Last, but not least, we have Samuel L. Jackson as a “Wight” – that is, a creature dedicated to hunting and killing “Peculiars” – named Barron, followed by the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children movie banner:
Burton’s critical standing as a director nowadays isn’t what it once was, but the filmmaker’s last two directorial efforts – Frankenweenie and Big Eyes – were both generally well-received, after Burton took a hit (both critically and, to a lesser degree, commercially) with Dark Shadows. Miss Peregrine’s Home ought to likewise be another solid Burton movie (at the least), judging by the pedigree of the cast, screenwriter, and Riggs’ popular source material that he’s adapting this time around. It’s certainly one to watch out for in the early fall, before this year’s awards season race properly heats up.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children opens in U.S. theaters on September 30th, 2016.
Source: 20th Century Fox