Lost in Previews: Red Riding Hood

A new take on the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale directed by Twilight’s Catherine Hardwicke has released its first trailer.  Red Riding Hood stars Amanda Seyfried as the main character that has echoes of the original fairy tale.  It has seemed to evolve into a love story with a werewolf like creature creating havoc.  I remember seeing some photos of the actors in their costumes headed to set.  The costumes looked very over-the-top, but in this trailer, they seem to work.  If you have not noticed, Catherine Hardwicke seems to enjoy sticking with actors she has worked with before, even if they only get small parts.  Billy Burke of Twilight fame has a part.  Although not in any of  her movies, Shiloh Fernandez was the choice for Edward Cullen in Twilight until Robert Pattinson showed up.  This must be his second place prize.  The trailer itself is pretty good, but those flyovers of the forest are all reminiscent of Twilight and its trailers.

Red Riding Hood rounds out its cast with Gary Oldman, Max Irons, Julie Christie, Lukas Haas, Michael Shanks, and Michael Hogan.

Official Synopsis:

From director Catherine Hardwicke (“Twilight,” “Thirteen,” “Lords of Dogtown”) comes the romantic fantasy thriller “Red Riding Hood.”

The film features an ensemble cast, led by Amanda Seyfried (“Letters to Juliet,” “Mamma Mia!”) in the title role. The film also stars Gary Oldman (“The Dark Knight,” the “Harry Potter” films), Billy Burke (the “Twilight” films), Shiloh Fernandez (“Skateland”), Max Irons (“Dorian Gray”), Oscar® nominee Virginia Madsen (“Sideways”), and Oscar® winner Julie Christie (“Away from Her,” “Darling”).

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.

Hardwicke is directing “Red Riding Hood” from a screenplay by David Leslie Johnson (“Orphan”). The film is being produced under the banner of Appian Way by Jennifer Davisson Killoran (“Orphan”), Leonardo DiCaprio, and Julie Yorn (upcoming “Unstoppable”), with Jim Rowe, Michael Ireland and Catherine Hardwicke serving as executive producers.

The behind the scenes creative team is led by director of photography Mandy Walker (“Australia”), two-time Oscar®-nominated production designer Thomas Sanders (“Saving Private Ryan,” “Dracula”), editor Nancy Richardson (“Twilight,” “Step Up”), costume designer Cindy Evans (“Marley & Me,” “Thirteen,” “North Country”), composer Brian Reitzell (“30 Days of Night,” “Friday Night Lights”), and visual effects supervisor Jeffery A. Okun (“The Day the Earth Stood Still,” “Blood Diamond”).

Red Riding Hood is in theatres March 11, 2011.

by Sarah Ksiazek

About Sarah Ksiazek

Sarah is a Zookeeper extraordinaire who writes, edits, and is the resident trailer addict for Lost in Reviews. Do not underestimate her snobbery when it comes to trailers. She also owns/runs The Host Movie News which is a fan site for The Host movie adaptation.

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