Vampire Academy will be released in just over a month, and today we have two new stills from the film to share and a refresher on the types of vampires in the film.
Rose and Lissa nail their looks with pretty lace jackets. Natalie (Sarah Hyland) is looking particularly frumpy in her neutral colors, or maybe it is just the weird slouch.
In the second photo (below) we see one of our first looks at Rose and Dimitri training together. What do you think of Dimitri? Does Danila Kozlovsky fit your image of him?
With the books being based on Romanian, Balkan and Croation folklore, there is some unique terminology. For those not familiar with the novels, here is a quick breakdown of things you need to know. Rose is dhampir, a half human-half vampire. Dhampir are born from humans and Moroi and can only reproduce with Moroi. Dhampir are the guardians of the Moroi. Rose is the guardian of Lissa, a Moroi Princess.
The Moroi are vampires that are born and mortal. Moroi are peaceful by nature, and while they can be in the sunlight, it is not always comfortable. The Moroi can use elemental magic (earth, fire, air, water, and spirit) as a defense but are not allowed to use it offensively, creating the need for the Dhampir to protect them. Unlike typical vampires, Moroi are capable of living off of human food as well as blood.
The Strigoi are the big bads of the Vampire Academy world. They are vampires that are made, not born. Moroi, humans and Dahampir can all be made or turned into Strigoi. The Strigoi take on cruel, vindictive personalities and are considered undead. They are pale and very sensitive to sunlight. They can eat human food and feed off of anyone but prefer Moroi blood because that is what gives them power. Essentially Strigoi are the vampires from all the scary stories.
The film follows two best friends with an unbreakable (sometimes telepathic) bond. Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutch) is a Dhampir guardianin – training and best friends with Lissa Dragomir (Lucy Fry), the Moroi Princess. Did we mention Rose kicks ass? With the help of her hot Dhampir instructor, Dimitri Belikov (Danila Kozlovsky) – whom she happens to have a forbidden romance with – and her dorky, unpopular Moroi friend Natalie (Sarah Hyland), Rose must train to defeat the Strigois and protect her best friend from danger that lurks around just about every corner at St. Vlad’s Academy. Battling lies, rumors, and secrets reach a whole other level when you’re vampire’s fighting evil, and you thought high school sucked for you…
The film opens in theaters February 14, 2014.
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