It’s one down for Blighty, as Eden Lake, This Is England and Harry Brown actor Jack O’Connell is no longer taking the lead male role in the young adult adaptation, Beautiful Creatures, as Variety reports he’s been replaced by Alden Ehrenreich. O’Connell apparently left due to scheduling conflicts.
A coming of age story set in the South, Beautiful Creatures – which is the first of a hugely popular series written by authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl – is about two star-crossed teenage lovers, Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich), a local boy, and a mysterious new girl, Lena (Alice Englert), who uncover dark secrets about their families, their history and their town. Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis, Emma Thompson, Emmy Rossum and Thomas Mann will also star.
Ehrenreich is best known for Francis Ford Copolla’s Tetro, and has been a finalist foor many major roles, including Spider-man and The Hunger Games. Richard LaGravenese (P.S. I Love You) will direct from his own screeplay, with shooting scheduled to begin later this month.