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Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan Cast as Mother and Daughter Vampires in Byzantium

Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan have been cast as the lead mother and daughter vampires in the upcoming film ‘Byzantium,’ The Hollywood Reporter is claiming. The movie will be helmed by Academy Award-winning director Neil Jordan and will be produced by one of his frequent collaborators, Stephen Woolley. Their previous work together includes another vampire-based movie, the blockbuster 1994 film adaptation of ‘Interview with the Vampire.’

‘Byzantium’ was crafted by screenwriter Moira Buffini, who penned Arterton’s last movie, ‘Tamara Drewe.’ ‘Byzantium,’ which has an estimated budget of $11 million and is set to begin shooting in October, was initially based on a youth play, but Buffini has made the material and tone more mature. The movie will tell the story of a mother vampire who turns her daughter into a vampire. The two begin killing together, sometimes posing as sisters. The cast also includes Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes and Jeremy Irvine.

Woolley said he and Jordan decided to work on ‘Byzantium’ because they love the horror genre. He told The Hollywood Reporter that they’ve “been working on this for three or four years. I sent it to (Neil) and he liked the script…it was just chance that when I called (Jordan), we were thinking along the same lines.”

Written by: Karen Benardello

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As a life-long fan of entertainment, particularly films, television and music, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic. While still attending college, Karen began writing for Shockya during the summer of 2007, when she began writing horror movie reviews. Since she began writing for Shockya, Karen has been promoted to the position of Senior Movies & Television Editor. Some of her duties in the position include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, producing posts on celebrity news and contributing reviews on albums and concerts. Some of her highlights include attending such festivals and conventions as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Toronto After Dark, the Boston Film Festival and New York Comic-Con.

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