Caleb Landry Jones did a fine job as Banshee in Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class, and he did an equally fine job the previous year in The Last Exorcism, a smart, little faux-documentary horror film from director Daniel Stamm. The two solid performances for Jones upped his street cred considerably, to the point that he’s just gotten a lead role of his own, in Neil Jordan’s vampire flick Byzantium.
Jones joins previously confirmed stars Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan, Variety reports. The two women play a mother and daughter vampire duo who reveal their identity to a small British town. Jones, the male lead, will play a leukemia sufferer. His and Ronan’s characters meet and struggle with their peculiar life/unlife as they see it reflected in this new friend.
Sounds like an unusual premise for a vampire flick, but not one that I am in any way opposed to. Arterton and Ronan are both very talented, and Jones continues to prove himself as well. Put all of them into this odd vampire tale that seems more interested in character development than in action, blood-letting or romance and you’re left with something very different. Let’s hope, at any rate.
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