While Twilight and The Hunger Games were sweeping up all kinds of surfboards at last night’s Teen Choice Awards, there was at least actress in the audience wondering if she’ll be getting up on that stage next year as part of another great young-adult-novel-turned-movie franchise. Well, we’re assuming as much. When we caught up with Beautiful Creatures co-star Camille Balsamo she was super excited about the movie, which they just finished shooting in New Orleans. Based on Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl‘s four book series, it’s about a boy named Ethan whose life in his boring, Civil War-obsessed town is turned upside down when he meets a mysterious girl named Lena — and he quite literally can’t get her out of his head. She and her family are Casters, people who wield all sorts of magical powers, and not necessarily for good. So will fans of the engrossing books be satisfied with the movie?
“I think they’ll especially love the casting,” Balsamo, who plays Katherine Duchannes, told VH1. “I read the book and I think that the casting is perfect. I think everybody fits their characters to a T and I think they won’t be disappointed.”
Camille pretty much nailed exactly why Beautiful Creatures has a shot at taking their place next to Twilight, Harry Potter and Hunger Games in our hearts. “I think that so many teenagers can relate to what Lena and Ethan are going through, and even though I’m not a teenager anymore, I still could feel what they were feeling, and I think that’s an incredible thing that the book has to offer.”
With a supporting cast that includes Viola Davis, Emma Thompson and Jeremy Irons, the movie’s younger actors could easily have been starstruck on the set. But Balsamo wasn’t the most inspired by the impressive names around her, but rather by the movie’s untested star, Alice Englert, who plays Lena.
“She’s only 17 or 18, but she’s so smart, she’s so mature, she really has a good head on her shoulders and I think she’s going to do really well,” Balsamo said. “So it was really inspirational talking to her because she’s so young and so talented.”