We’re all peculiar here, no? Well, maybe not as peculiar as some of Miss Peregrine’s menagerie of children. But we’re Monster Kids at heart.
So, having reveled in Ransom Riggs’ best-selling trilogy of PECULIAR novels, I’m beside myself in anticipation of the film adaptation of the first in the series, MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN. The talent involved is more than enough for hopefulness! It’s got Tim Burton at the helm! And it stars one of the best character actresses of our time, Eva Green, playing a particular movie-star-beautiful version of the titular Miss Peregrine, along with Asa Butterfield (HUGO, NANNY MCPHEE RETURNS), Kim Dickens (FEAR THE WALKING DEAD, HOLLOW MAN), six-time Emmy winner Allison Janney, Oscar winner Judi Dench and workhorse Samuel L. Jackson (THE AVENGERS, ROBOCOP, 1408, practically everything else filmed in the last three decades). That’s a lotta onscreen talent!
And throw in a script by Jane Goldman, who created magical worlds in STARDUST, KICK-ASS, X-MEN: FIRST CLASS and DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE, and THE WOMAN IN BLACK, and we’ve got serious reason to hope for the best.
In case you’re the one person who didn’t fall in love with Riggs’ series (it’s so popular there are even graphic novels based on it!), it’s about an American teenager who follows clues to an orphanage on a Welsh island where the kids are … different. What makes it particularly creative is that Riggs used random vintage photographs to piece the story together. Which makes for some pretty specific casting when it comes to some of the peculiars, because we’ve seen what they literally look like as opposed to general images we’ve created in our minds. Did Burton get it right? Check out the first trailer to hit the Internet and sound off in the comments!