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Just as Miss Peregrine collects children with unique abilities in her orphanage, the film Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children gathers together actors with a history of playing roles in book film adaptations.

Eva Green

The bewitching Eva Green must have Hollywood under a spell, because she is constantly cast as witch in all her literary adaptations. In the film adaptation of Phillip Pullman’s The Golden Compass, she plays the witch Queen, Serafina Pekkala, who has a long life and magic powers.  She also plays Morgan, a woman who used dark magic to try to usurp King Arthur, in Camelot. Eva Green continues to have powers as Miss Peregrine—a woman who can turn herself into a Peregrine falcon.

Asa Butterfield

Asa Butterfield has a thing for characters who enjoy big screens. He plays Hugo in the film adaptation of The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. The whole movie is a giant celebration of cinema and contains meta-elements concerning the medium. In the film adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game, he, as Ender, participates in many “battles” on large video screens. Instead of seeing things on screens, he is be able to see hollowgasts as Jacob Portman in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

Samuel L. Jackson

When it comes to Samuel L. Jackson’s literary roles, his motto is “a little less conversation, a little more action please.” While he has not been in many traditional book adaptations, he is currently one of the main roles in the Marvel movie franchise as Nick Fury. Not only does he appear in most of the Marvel films—he has performed in Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and the Avengers movies—but he has appeared in the television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Basically, Samuel L. Jackson’s badass fighting transcends mediums. As for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, we see even more action from him as he hunts peculiars as the Wight, Barron.

Judi Dench

What literary film adaptations has Judi Dench been in? All of them. Okay, maybe not all of them, but she has certainly been in a lot. One of her earliest roles was Queen Titania (famously clad only in green body paint) in the 1968 version of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. While her attire has gotten more conservative, her roles remain spirited. She plays the aunt-in-law from hell, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, in the 2005 film adaption of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. She continues her trend of playing period roles by portraying Miss Avocet—a woman from Victorian England.

Tim Burton

The one thing we can count on with Tim Burton is that he will always be creepy, and his film literary adaptations are no exception. Sleepy Hollow is obviously creepy—Washington Irving’s story involves a headless horseman. There is really nothing to do but be spooky. However, he also makes innocuous children’s books disturbing. In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Burton takes Roald Dahl’s Oompa Loompas to a whole new level of strange with robotic dancing and red suits. We also must not forget his unsettling depiction of the White Queen in his version of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. We are glad he can continue his spooky tradition through his depiction of an orphanage of peculiar children.
 


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Sarah Fox

Sarah Fox is an editor, writer, writing consultant, and pop culture enthusiast. Besides regularly contributing to Quirk Books’ blog, she has published an edition of William Shakespeare's Measure for Measure. She lives in Washington D.C. with her husband and Pembroke Welsh Corgi. You can find her online at www.thebookishfox.com.