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My, Amanda Seyfriend, what big, glorious eyes you have. And she looks smashing in red, too, though I’ve probably mentioned that before, but it deserves mentioning again. Get your first look at a trailer for Catherine Hardwicke’s “Red Riding Hood”, which purports to be a re-imagining of the Little Red Riding fairtytale, though honestly, doesn’t really look anything like it. Mind you, not that it matters. Plus, it’s got Gary Oldman playing the heavy, and that’s always a winner in my book.
In “Red Riding Hood,” Seyfried plays Valerie, a beautiful young woman torn between two men. She is in love with a brooding outsider, Peter (Shiloh Fernandez), but her parents have arranged for her to marry the wealthy Henry (Max Irons). Unwilling to lose each other, Valerie and Peter are planning to run away together when they learn that Valerie’s older sister has been killed by the werewolf that prowls the dark forest surrounding their village. For years, the people have maintained an uneasy truce with the beast, offering the creature a monthly animal sacrifice. But under a blood red moon, the wolf has upped the stakes by taking a human life. Hungry for revenge, the people call on famed werewolf hunter, Father Solomon (Gary Oldman), to help them kill the wolf. But Solomon’s arrival brings unintended consequences as he warns that the wolf, who takes human form by day, could be any one of them. As the death toll rises with each moon, Valerie begins to suspect that the werewolf could be someone she loves. As panic grips the town, Valerie discovers that she has a unique connection to the beast–one that inexorably draws them together, making her both suspect…and bait.
Starring Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Lukas Haas, Virginia Madsen, Billy Burke, Michael Shanks, Julie Christie, Michael Hogan, Shiloh Fernandez and directed by Catherine Hardwicke.
Skipping home March 11, 2011.
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