Vampire Academy is here!

By admin
22 February 2014

Vampire Academy, based on the best-selling novels of author Richelle Mead which sold over 8 million copies, is the hottest vampire event since Twilight.

About the movie:

Vampire Academy centres around besties Rose Hathaway, a dhampir, and Princess Lissa Dragmor, who ran away from this very academy to protect Lissa, the last known survivor of her family. Lissa has the power to heal, and brought Rose back to life in the accident that killed her family making their bond virtually unbreakable, and her dying Uncle Victor Dashkov will stop at nothing to get her to heal him so he can rule as King.

Who’s who?

Victor Dashkov (Gabriel Byrne, 62) is our power hungry villain who will stop at nothing to be crowned King. He has an illness that only Lissa can cure and convincing her to do this is his main objective. He has a daughter, Natalie who attends the academy and does his bidding.

Fun Fact: Gabriel Byrne is a man of many talents ranging from playing the accordion to being a qualified archaeologist and when he was 12 he wanted to become a priest.

Princess Vasilisa “Lissa” Dragomir (Lucy Fry, 21) the last of the royal family that we know of. Her best friend is Rose, a novice dhampir and they’ve been in hiding for the last two years. They now return to what could only be described as the most dangerous place in the world for poor Lissa, The Vampire Academy. Lissa is played by Australian actress Lucy Fry.

Fun Fact: The Australian hottie is an accomplished surfer and loves yogurt, tea and the theatre.

Natalie Dashkov (Sarah Hyland, 22) is a mean piece of work. The apple certainly didn’t fall far from the tree with this one. Victor Dashkov is her father. She spends most of her time spying on Lissa, trying to catch her in the act of using her spirit power.

Fun Fact: She is a super-talented actress and was nominated for a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Comedy Supporting Actress in 2013 for her role as Haley Dunphy on Modern Family.

The head honcho of the dhampir’s Dimitri Belikov (Danila Kozlovsky, 27) is the official guardian of Princess Lissa. He is also a mentor to Rose who he develops feelings for. This is Danila’s first English role and we cannot wait to see more of the Russian hottie.

Fun Fact: He’s not just a pretty face – he sings, dances, plays the flute and the saxophone for good measure. We like!

Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutch, 17) is a dhampir in training, best friend to Princess Lissa and has the hots for her mentor dhampir Dimitri Belikov. She has authority issues and generally rubs people in power up the wrong way. Zoey is currently reading book three in the Vampire Academy series and thinks the film is faithful to the first book.

Fun Fact: Zoey only eats fish. “My favourite food is sushi, so I get all my protein from that. And I keep it that way, because I like it.”

Cameron Monaghan (20) is the dhampir Mason Ashford, Rose’s best friend who has a crush on her. But will she give him a chance with Dimitri Belikov around?

Fun fact: Cameron began acting in commercials at age five.

Christian Ozera, played by British actor Dominic Sherwood (23), is a royal Moroi whose parents were killed. When Lissa and Rose return to the academy, he falls for Lissa. His element is fire.

Fun fact: He’s a talented singer-songwriter who recently covered Jason Mraz’s Song for a Friend.

Know the lingo:

St Vladimir's Academy = like Hogwarts for the undead

Dhampir = half-vampire and half-human and trained to be guardians of the Moroi

Moroi = the kind of vampires you can run into in a dark alley and live to tell the tale

Strigoi = these are the ones you run away from when you spot them in a dark alley. Not to be messed with!

Spirit = the power to bring someone back from the dead

Shadow kissed = someone brought back from the dead by a person possessing the spirit power

Vampire Academy opened in theatres on 14 February.

- Jeremy Petersen,,,,,,,,;

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