This year, Tim Burton will bring the fantasy-adventure novel Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children to the silver screen.
The 2011 young-adult book features a boy named Jacob who accidentally stumbles upon an orphanage that helps protect children who have unusual skills from malevolent creatures.
Empire sat down with Burton to discuss what we can expect from a few of the actors and the characters they play. Better yet, it released a few exclusive images that give us our first look at the aesthetic and characters of Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children.
Burton described Eva Green's character Miss Peregrine, the headmistress of the peculiar orphanage, as a "weird Mary Poppins like character — a strong and mysterious person who looks like she could turn into a bird. That’s Eva.”
Miss Avocet, Miss Peregrine's former teacher and the headmistress of a similar school, will be played by Dame Judi Dench. Burton explained:
“In the peculiar world, women are the protectors. Miss Avocet is the head of another peculiar school. But, much like the bird in her name, she’s a bit more of a nervous, flighty energy than Miss Peregrine.”
The Peculiar Children
Like his 2005 take on Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Burton will be working with a number of young actors including Asa Butterfield, Ella Purnell, Pixie Davies, Cameron King, Georgia Pemberton, Finlay MacMillan and Milo Parker:
“I was a little worried about working with so many kids again, but they were all such professionals on set. You would never believe that it was some of these kids’ first big film.”
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children won't be released in US theaters until September 30, so we have plenty of time to learn more about Miss Peregrine and the wonderfully odd children she looks after.
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