Due out early next year, Beautiful Creatures sees the return of Oscar-nominated writer-director Richard LaGravenese (Water for Elephants) with an intriguing premise and a very strong cast.

Relative newcomers Alden Ehrenreich (the upcoming Stoker) and Alice Englert (the anticipated but long-delayed Singularity) star as the young leads, with support coming from Emmy Rossum (The Phantom of the Opera), Emma Thompson (Love Actually), Jeremy Irons (Margin Call), and Viola Davis (The Help).

EW have now treated us with our first look at Rossum in the film, playing Englert’s manipulative cousin, and it’s more than a little bit beautiful.

“Richard LaGravenese adapts the New York Times best selling novel of the same name–the first of a hugely popular series–written by authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. A hauntingly intense supernatural love story set in the South, BEAUTIFUL CREATURES is about two star-crossed teenage lovers, a local boy, Ethan and a mysterious new girl,Lena, who uncover dark secrets about their families, their history and their town.”

Giving a little more detail on the project, EW report:

“Most teenagers spend their sweet 16 grumbling over having to drive Dad’s old minivan or wondering how best to ask Mom for a new pair of skinny jeans. But for Lena (Alice Englert), the young witch at the center of the upcoming YA adaptation Beautiful Creatures, turning 16 means determining whether she’s going to be a good or evil sorceress (or ”caster,” as they’re called in this universe). Shameless’ Emmy Rossum stars as Lena’s supernaturally manipulative cousin Ridley, who’s sent byLena’s own mother (Emma Thompson) to make sure the teen doesn’t opt for good. ”She and Lena were almost sisters before she was claimed by the Dark,” explains director Richard LaGravenese, ”so she wantsLenato be claimed so they can be together again.” For her part, Rossum loved getting to play devious. ”We get to show the dark side as kind of more fun than the light,” says the actress, who just finished shooting the film.”

Definitely intriguing, and it sounds like Rossum has a big part of the film, which is excellent news. It’s not often we get to see her on the big screen, and this really sounds like something to look forward to.

Beautiful Creatures will be released on 13th February, 2013 in theUK and US. Here’s to hoping that we’ll be treated to the first trailer in the next few months. For now, our beautiful first look at Rossum.