Eva Green in Penny Dreadful

It’s been a couple years since the last report that Tim Burton was in talks to adapt Ransom Riggs’ popular fantasy novel, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children. But that movie now has a projected release date of July 31, 2015, and The Hollywood Reporter says that Eva Green is in talks to play the title character, the headmistress of a home for children with supernatural gifts. This would mark Green’s second collaboration with Tim Burton, after co-starring in 2012’s Dark Shadows.

Riggs’ book tells the story of 16-year-old Jacob and his discovery of an island of orphans who should have died long ago, yet they seem to be alive, perpetually young, and in possession of a variety of special powers. Jacob, following clues laid by the stories his grandfather used to tell him, realizes that only he can see the monsters in pursuit of these children. Miss Peregrine—who can shape-shift into a bird, natch—acts as the children’s guardian. Their adventures continue in Hollow City, released this past January.


Quirk Books put together a trailer for the book’s release in 2011, which offers a glimpse at how Riggs used real vintage photographs as inspiration.