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Byzantium Trailer: So, Gemma Arterton Is Lestat and Saoirse Ronan Is Louis?

By Jodi Smith | Trailers | April 17, 2013 |

By Jodi Smith | Trailers | April 17, 2013 |

Neil Jordan’s Byzantium stars Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan as vampires of the mother and daughter variety. Ronan’s 16-year-old Eleanor appears to be distraught with the secrecy of a lifestyle that forces her to kill to survive. Her mother, Arterton’s Clara, seems to have no such objections and has carried on through the centuries killing and relying on her looks. When the pair move to a coastal British town, Eleanor reveals her secret to Frank (Caleb Jones Landry) and the past returns with a thirst for revenge.


The movie is clearly striking to look at, with beautiful locations and Arterton being exquisite and dangerously sexy as she revels in her immortality. The take on the vampires using their coke-thumbnails instead of fangs is interesting, as is the idea that only men should be vampires. However, there seems to be something just a bit off about the entire thing to me. It could be the way that the trailer is cut, but it feels as if everything and nothing are shown at the same time. If that makes sense, which it probably doesn’t.

Can we talk for just a moment about Caleb Landry Jones (X-Men: First Class) as the love interest? Because he looks like Henry Kane in this outfit.


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Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.