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Watch The Twilight-esque Trailer For Hardwick’s Red Riding Hood

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Watch The <i>Twilight</i>-esque Trailer For Hardwick’s <i>Red Riding Hood</i>

Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for Red Riding Hood, a gothic-horror reimagining of the fairy tale by Twilight director Catherine Hardwick that looks, unsurprisingly, a lot like Twilight.

Despite some early misgivings about the movie’s central love triangle — our heroine is pledged to the son of a blacksmith but loves an orphaned woodcutter — my hopes were buoyed by a solid cast that includes Gary Oldman, Julie Christie, Lukas Haas and Michael Hogan. But now that I’ve seen this trailer, which resembles a commercial for a Syfy miniseries, I’m not at all optimistic.

Here’s the official synopsis for the film, which also stars Amanda Seyfried, Billy Burke, Shiloh Fernandez, Max Irons and Virginia Madsen:

In “Red Riding Hood,” Seyfried plays Valerie, a beautiful young woman torn between two men. She is in love with a brooding outsider, Peter (Shiloh Fernandez), but her parents have arranged for her to marry the wealthy Henry (Max Irons). Unwilling to lose each other, Valerie and Peter are planning to run away together when they learn that Valerie’s older sister has been killed by the werewolf that prowls the dark forest surrounding their village. For years, the people have maintained an uneasy truce with the beast, offering the creature a monthly animal sacrifice. But under a blood red moon, the wolf has upped the stakes by taking a human life. Hungry for revenge, the people call on famed werewolf hunter, Father Solomon (Gary Oldman), to help them kill the wolf. But Solomon’s arrival brings unintended consequences as he warns that the wolf, who takes human form by day, could be any one of them. As the death toll rises with each moon, Valerie begins to suspect that the werewolf could be someone she loves. As panic grips the town, Valerie discovers that she has a unique connection to the beast–one that inexorably draws them together, making her both suspect … and bait.

Red Riding Hood opens on March 11.

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