I’m no Twilighter. I don’t generally read young adult novels and had never heard of I Am Number Four until I saw this teaser, but it seems intriguing. Of course that might have something to do with Timothy Olyphant’s involvement and hey, if that’s the plan to get us not so young adults interested - score!
Produced by DreamWorks studios, I Am Number Four is based on a novel by James Frey (yes, that one) and Jobie Hughes and follows Number Four (Alex Pettyfer), one of nine aliens who had to flee his home planet after it was invaded by other aliens. Because they look human, the nine attempt to hide on Earth but they are still being hunted by the other aliens who must kill the nine in numerical order (Why? Don’t ask me, it’s a young adult plotline). Each of the nine is assigned a guardian; Olyphant plays Number Four’s watchdog, Henri. The nine develop superpowers as they grow up (This one might be a fairy - he has Sookie’s white hand light); I guess plain, old aliens would be boring.
So far the written description is more compelling than the trailer, but hopefully that’s just clever marketing.
I Am Number Four also stars Kevin Durand (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, “Lost”), Dianna Agron (“Glee”), Teresa Palmer (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Jake Abel (The Lovely Bones and opens February 2011.