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Neil Jordan, the man behind Interview with the Vampire, is no stranger to the vampire genre, but he’s switching things up in his new movie. The new trailer has arrived for Byzantium, starring Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton, that shows this is more of an adult fairy tale instead of being a classic vampire film.
The imagery is gorgeous, but what’s intriguing here is the way the vampires differ from their traditional depictions. Although they’re still immortal and must drink human blood, it seems like they take it through a sharp thumbnail instead of fanged teeth. Arterton and Ronan look like they give fantastic performances, and it’s nice to see the Twilight-ified vampire genre get a bit more serious and exciting.
Here’s the official synopsis for Byzantium:
Clara (Arterton), ever-practical, sells her body. She soon meets shy and lonely Noel, who provides a roof over their heads in his seedy guesthouse, Byzantium. Clara, always looking towards the future, turns it into a ‘pop-up’ brothel.
Meanwhile Eleanor, the eternal schoolgirl, meets Frank, a kindred spirit who unwittingly prompts her to tell the truth about her life. She tells him that Clara is her mother; yet Clara is only a few years older. She says that she was born in 1804; yet she is just sixteen. She confesses that she must drink human blood to stay alive – and so must her mother. In the small, quiet town, people start to die.
Byzantium made its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012. It opens in the United States on June 28.