Sixteen-year-old Jacob follows clues that take him to a mysterious island where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores the abandoned bedrooms and hallways, he discovers that its former occupants were far more than peculiar; they possessed incredible powers. And they may still be alive.
The cinematic visionary Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) returns to the big screen with Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, which is based upon the debut novel of the same name by Ransom Riggs, published in 2011. It was an instant global hit and topped The New York Times bestseller list, where it remained for years and has sold more than 3.1 million copies.
Screenwriter Jane Goldman has adapted the bestselling book for the screen and says that collaborating with Burton was, “incredibly exciting. The photos are a key part of the book, so it’s not a huge leap to see the story in a cinematic sense. And it was a joy and privilege to work with Tim. I love his ideas, and whatever he’s doing feels like you’re in the most creative environment.”
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children sees Burton once again combine cracking storytelling and striking imagery with a stunning cast. Starring as the intriguing and sometimes mysterious Miss Peregrine is Eva Green, who last collaborated with Burton on Dark Shadows.
The actress calls her character “a kind of dark Mary Poppins-like figure who is rather eccentric and fearless, and who wields a deadly crossbow to protect her Peculiars. Her children are her life, and Miss Peregrine will do anything for them. She’s a ballsy character and a warrior.”
Burton, who sometimes referred to Miss Peregrine as ‘Scary Poppins,’ is a fan of Miss Peregrine—and of Eva Green. “We all could have only wished to have a headmistress at school like Eva or Miss Peregrine – someone who’s very strong, funny, mysterious and protective.”
The new arrival at Miss Peregrine’s home is Jake, the hero of our story. An outcast who eventually finds acceptance among the Peculiars, Jake is a typical American teen with the attending awkwardness. He feels that he doesn’t fit in, and doesn’t seem to be able to connect with anyone except his grandfather, whose death sets him on a journey of discovery. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children unfolds through Jake’s eyes and quest.
Asa Butterfield, who starred in the title role of Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, describes his character of Jake as “living an ordinary life and thinks he will never make a difference in the world. When his beloved granddad Abe dies mysteriously, Jake travels to Wales with his father to find out about Abe’s past – and to find out if the special home and its residents, which Abe had told Jake many stories about, really exist.”
Green and Butterfield are joined by an illustrious group of co-stars including Samuel L. Jackson as the villain of the piece, Barron, a sinister shape shifter. Every film needs a memorable villain and Jackson pulls it off effortlessly! He is joined by Terence Stamp as Abe and Dame Judi Dench as Miss Avocet.
Be prepared for a visual feast when Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children hits the big screen.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is out at Showcase Cinemas on September 30 in 2D and 3D