BEASTLY casting news
Lisa Gay Hamilton lands role in gothic romance film.
July 14, 2009
Blackfilm.com has learned that actress Lisa Gay Hamilton has been cast as the maid in the film, 'Beastly,' opposite Vanessa Hudgens, Neil Patrick Harris, Mary-Kate Olsen, Peter Krause and Alex Pettyfer.
Produced by CBS Films and written/directed by Daniel Barnz, the film is a modern-day take on the "Beauty and the Beast" tale where a New York teen is transformed into a hideous monster in order to find true love.
Hamilton, who was recently seen playing Jamie Foxx's sister in 'The Soloist,' will be playing a maid in the film.
Kyle Kingson (Alex Pettyfer) has it all – looks, intelligence, wealth and opportunity – and a wicked cruel streak. Prone to mocking and humiliating "aggressively unattractive" classmates, he zeroes in on Goth classmate Kendra (Mary-Kate Olsen), inviting her to the school’s extravagant environmental bash. Kendra accepts, and, true to form, Kyle blows her off in a particularly savage fashion. She retaliates by casting a spell that physically transforms him into everything he despises. Enraged by his horrible and unrecognizable appearance he confronts Kendra and learns that the only solution to the curse is to find someone that will love him as he is – a task he considers impossible.
Repulsed by his appearance, Kyle's callous father (Peter Krause) banishes him to Brooklyn with a sympathetic housekeeper (Hamilton) and blind tutor (Neil Patrick Harris). As Kyle ponders how to overcome the curse and get his old life back, he chances upon a drug addict in the act of killing a threatening dealer. Seizing the opportunity, Kyle promises the addict freedom and safety for his daughter, Lindy (Vanessa Hudgens) if she will consent to live in Kyle's Brooklyn home. Thus begins Kyle's journey to discover true love in this hyper-modern retelling of the classic "Beauty and the Beast" story.
Shooting is currently ongoing in Montreal with a release date slated for July 30, 2010