New 'Byzantium' Trailer - Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan are Vampires

Gemma Arterton in the trailer for Byzantium

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).

Gemma Arterton in the trailer for Byzantium
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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