The first trailer and poster for Red Riding Hood, a dark retelling of the Little Red Riding Hood fairytale starring Amanda Seyfried, have just been released online, and it all looks pretty darn cool. (Or should that be ... hot?)
Directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight), the trailer gives us a bit of that Twilight vibe but with definitely more adult content. That alone is almost enough to make us inclined to see it—plus we like Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia!), and anything with Gary Oldman (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight) in it can only be good (at least we hope so), don't you think?
Here's the official synopsis of the movie:
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.
Red Riding Hood also stars Lukas Haas (Inception), Viginia Madsen (Sideways), Julie Christie (Dragon Heart) and Billy Burke (Twilight), as well as Michael Shanks (Stargate SG-1) and Michael Hogan (Battlestar: Galactica). It will open in March 2011.