‘Twilight’ disguised as ‘Red Riding Hood’ at ‘Harry Potter’? (video) — If you went to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 this weekend, you likely saw the trailer for Red Riding Hood, starring Amanda Seyfried. If the trailer looked oddly familiar and you’ve seen the movie, Twilight (especially the first move in that series), you may or may not know that Catherine Hardwicke directed both. Interestingly, Red Riding Hood shares more in common than the look and feel of Twilight than one might first suspect, but it also has something else in common with Harry Potter than the fact its trailer played at the Deathly Hallows opening.
Director Catherine Hardwicke has clearly put her gothic-esque stamp on the tale from the Brothers Grimm. Little Red Riding Hood is not so little anymore — the story has been brought into the world of young adults, and the wolf that goes after her is not so far removed from the werewolves and other creatures that have eyes for Bella Swan in Twilight. The two movies also share an actor — Billy Burke. Mr. Burke plans chief of police, Charlie Swan, and Bella’s dad in Twilight. In Riding Hood, he plays a character named Cesaire.
Likewise, with Red Riding Hood and Potter. Actor Gary Oldman appears on both. In Red Riding Hood, Mr. Oldman plays Father Soloman. In Harry Potter, he plays Sirius Black. Though this character was killed in an earlier movie in the series, audiences will see Sirius Black again in Part 2 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Is it an accident that Harry Potter and Red Riding Hood are both distributed by Warner Bros. (given that the preview for Riding Hood appeared at Harry Potter’s opening)? Probably not. Twilight, on the other hand, is distributed by Summit.
Other cast members of Red Riding Hood include Julie Christie as Red’s grandmother; Luke Haas as Father August; and Virginia Madsen as Suzette.
Red Riding Hood is due in theaters March 11, 2011.
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