Vampire Academy Movie: Meet Rose, Lissa & Dimitri!

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Posted 02/01/2013 by alicemarvels in Behind the scenes

As many of you know, we’ve been obsessively fantasy casting the Vampire Academy movie for years now in the newsletter, on our site, and on Facebook. It was beginning to feel like we would forever be fantasy casting, and would never see real progress being made on the movie…..but the moment has arrived. We may just have a brain aneurysm, because we FINALLY have Rose, Dimitri and Lissa news!

 

Without further ado, here is the main trio of characters:

ROSE HATHAWAY

Zoey Deutch will take on our favorite dhampir badass, Rose Hathaway. Zoey already has one YA franchise under her belt—she plays Emily in the upcoming film adaptation of Beautiful Creatures. She’s definitely gorgeous, and I’m hoping she can pull off the right blend of fierce and vulnerable that we expect out of Roza.

 

LISSA DRAGOMIR

Lucy Fry, a relative newcomer, will take on the role of our favorite Moroi female (our favorite Moroi male is OBVS Adrian), Vasilisa Dragomir, aka Lissa. Lucy starred in Lightning Point, a Australian TV show. She certainly fills the bill for a tall, ethereal and thin Moroi-looking human, which is a major requirement for Lissa.

 

DIMITRI BELIKOV

Possibly one of the toughest casting decisions in the series is Dimitri Belikov, the object of so many Vampire Academy fans daydreams (including ours). Danila Kozlovsky, a Russian actor who is relatively unknown in the US, will have the honor of taking on the most badass Guardian around (well, male at least).

I’d never heard of this guy, but he is giving off a Steven Straight + Taylor Kitsch vibe, plus he’s ACTUALLY RUSSIAN, so I’m pretty excited about his chances of doing Dimka proud!

Also according to Deadline, the title of the film will be Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters. Not sure where the heck that came from, but ok.

UPDATE: Richelle Mead weighed in on the casting news on her blog:

Here’s the thing: there is no cast everyone will love. It’s impossible. I could download the characters from my mind, and I’d get hate mail saying they were all wrong. 🙂 The casting agency worked very hard in choosing these actors, and I think they did a great job. I have it on good authority from friends who’ve worked with Zoey Deutch that she’s an amazing actress. And I think it’s awesome that they chose a Russian for Dimitri! I mean, I wouldn’t know the difference, but I’d hate it if real Russians saw the movie and were like, “That guy is obviously fake.” As for Lucy Fry, she certainly looks the part, and it’s fun that she’s Australian, since that’s one of VA’s biggest fan bases. The international cast reflects VA’s international following.

What do YOU think? Are these actors what you pictured for our beloved characters?

 

 

Source: Vampire Academy Official Facebook Press Release


73 Comments


  1.  

    I can’t wait for this!!!! Thanks for sharing




  2.  
    Vy

    Oh my GOD I could not be more excited!!! I love Dimitri! I could learn to like Rose. Lissa is perfect! Oh I wish this was coming out soon!




  3.  
    Gennie

    I’m not thrilled with Rose. But I am pretty excited about Dimka! 🙂




  4.  
    Alli

    Im excited but Rose not to happy they couldve done better but i guess i can get to like her i guess




  5.  
    Abigail

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!




  6.  
    Gina

    Zoey is beautiful! I’m sure she’ll be amazing. And oh my god I couldn’t have picked a more perfect Dimitri! You’re right, he looks like Taylor Kitsch!!




  7.  

    Yaaay! I think they did a GREAT job! Zoey is gorgeous, she’ll make a great Rose, as long as she can pull off the fierceness. And I love that they chose a Russian actor to play Dimka, it seems only fair. It doesn’t hurt that he’s so gorgeous too. Must stop staring at gorgeous actor. I can’t tell, but I hope he’s tall enough.
    I like Lissa too. SO excited about this one.




  8.  

    Interesting. The girls are great and pretty close to what I pictured. Danila is not how I pictured Dmitri at all but he doesn’t seem a bad choice – just at odds with my imagination where Dimka was built more like Stephen Amell’s Arrow only with a prettier face and long hair. Still, looking forward to this movie! 🙂




    •  
      Misty

      OMG!!! I love the books.. I think they did great with Lissa, Rose I’m still thinking about..I think they did ok but the Rose in my head is so hardcore I hope she brings that to life..Dimka totally not what I had in mind, I found this picture of someone who in my mind is the OMG image I had of him..don’t get me wrong the guy in the movie is pretty to look at…but I guess that everyone has their own picture of what each should look like…R.Mead has even said that if u put her cast from her head on screen that it still wouldn’t B the ones that everyone would want..I guess we all can’t get what we all want..and that is fine with me..I am just glad to see it all come to life..Thanx R. Mead for 1 great series…..XOXOXOX….




    •  
      Anonymous

      OHMYGOD I know, I’m sorry, I’m like two years late ahaha … but I found your comment and got excited because Stephen Amell was always the ideal Dimitri for me :3 in my opinion, the cast was all wrong and the movie was all wrong :c It was disappointing, as VA has always been my favourite YA series and the movie didn’t do it any justice. Anyway, Stephen Amell is and will always be my Dimka <3<3<3




  9.  

    Hm… looks like I need to get started on this series. Am I the only one left who hasn’t read them?

    Ooooooh! Danila Kozlovsky… Why hello there! 😀




  10.  
    nicole

    Yes! I think it is one of the first times that i am absolutly okey or better happy with the decision for the maincharacters. They did a great job! Hope that continues 😉 now I am even more excited then i was befor 🙂




  11.  
    Heather

    YES YES YES YES!!!! I am glad that they have experience but I have never seen any of them act before! This is important because I will compare their performances with past ones…so YES on looks! and YES that no huge actresses and actors are in this




  12.  
    Lydia

    That guy is sex on a stick! SOOOOOO happy 😀




  13.  
    Annabella

    Ok, so for Rose, she looks the part in the first pic but not any after that. Same for Lissa. As for Dimitri, he better be acting as he looks in the 3rd pic cause he looks NOTHING like the character or personality of the character in the first 2 pics.
    How do we get cast for the smaller roles? Everyone I know says I should play Jill.




  14.  

    I am not sure I am feeling Dimitri or not…guess we’ll see. Thanks for sharing.




  15.  
    af

    I LOOOOOOVE the cast omg




  16.  
    Meme

    I have been a fan before this series started its hype. The girl that they choose for Rose played Maya from suit life of deck & my only concern is height and body shape. she is a little short & less curvy for our Rose and her mother is suppose to be shorter, are they going to cast someone under 5’4 to be her mother? if she is 18 I doubt she is going to grow any taller so thats going to take a lot of “movie magic” to fix if they are going to please most fans & I gyess you can always fake her shape too




  17.  
    nazlicozer

    who Christian play?????




  18.  

    Casting for Lissa is PERFECT in my eyes! Zoey is super pretty, but I don’t think “badass” when I see her. Hopefully that’ll show on screen! I’ve always had trouble imagining Dimitri while reading the books. I’ve kind of pictured a long-haired Channing Tatum for him, maybe because Tatum is big and can look awfully serious…but this Danila guy is definitely good-looking!! And I feel like I could give off that serious-Dimitri manner really well! I approve 🙂

    I see that the first movie is known as Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters. Did they do this so they could call the other movies “Vampire Academy: Frost Bite” “Vampire Academy: Shadow Kiss” etc? Anyone know?




    •  
      ChelseyBear Louisiana

      Yes I believe so. The Arthur Was originally going to call It blood sisters. So they might be doing it like that.




  19.  

    Woops, I definitely meant that *he* (Danila) could give off that serious-Dimitri manner 🙂 My bad!




  20.  
    Florrey

    I’m really positively surprised by how good the cast is because I have been unhappy und disappointed with many movie casts for book characters before. I think they did a very good job with Lissa. I’m a bit unsure about Rose because she could look a little more like Abe’s daughter and Zoey looks a bit too girlishly pretty (I’m sorry, I’m not a native speaker and can’t find a better word for it), but makeup and acting skills could make up for it I think. And last but not least, Dimitri… just wow. I really like him. He has a good face und the difference between the first pics an the last one show just how much of a difference a longer haircut can make 😀 Additionally, he will have a real russian accent, which ist just gorgeous. Unfortunately there is very few information about him in the internet that is not russian, so let’s just hope he is tall enough. To my opinion, his build is pretty good for Dimitri, I always imagined him to be of that rather sinewy-muscular build that athletes and martial arts fighters have.




  21.  

    I love the casting! All the actors seem perfect for the characters. I can’t wait to see how it turns out on the big screen. I just won’t do a re-read of VA so that the discrepancies won’t bother me. Thanks for sharing! 🙂




  22.  
    VA FAN

    ZOEY IS PRETTY AND A VERY GOOD ACTOR BUT SHE DOESNOT LOOK EVEN A BIT TURKISH!!!……..LISSA’S PERFECT AND DIMITRI IS ABSOLUTELY BADASS HOT<3.
    HOPE THEY PULL IT OFF WELL:)




  23.  
    Sandra

    This is my favorite book series ever so when I heard they were making a movie I was super skeptical and still am. I mean the casting is pretty ok but I think they could have done better especially with Lisa. Rose is eh, but I’m sure I can be chill with it. Dimitri was probably the best one cast even if I’m not 100% into it. I mean he is pretty hot and he’s actually Russian so that’s great. I just can’t wait to see the movie and I’m sure the actors will do a great job nevertheless.




  24.  
    Alli

    Im so excited about the movie!!!! I’m disappointed about Rose’s character butbim super excited about Dimitri and Lissa. This movie is gonna be amazing!!!!




  25.  
    Dasha

    I love the fact that Zoey Deutch is Rose and I am quite satisfied with Lissa. Dimitri is okay but I always imagined him to look like Ben Barnes. Danilla Kozlovsky is 184cm Dimitri is supposed to be 201cm (6’7). This is my favourite series and believe me I have read thousands of books literally. Everything else is perfect. Thank You Ms.Richelle Mead for writing this I love reading it so much. I read over and over and I still love it. Now that I know it is a movie I am very excited I can’t wait to watch it.




    •  
      Chelsea

      Ben Barnes looks too effeminate and even quite gay. Danila Kozlovsky has a charismatic masculinity about him.




  26.  

    I like the casting. I’m so happy that things are now set in motion and a movie will be coming out soon.




  27.  
    ME

    WHY CAN’T BEN BARNES BE DIMITRI!!!????




  28.  
    Kathy

    I am so excited!!!!! I can’t wait to see it!!!




  29.  
    Mikki

    Yes a Russian Dimitri! No fake accent! Yay! A fake accent would not have meant a good time with my Ukrainian and Russian friends! *shudders* I’m getting goosebumps just thinking about it! Dance class would have been a nightmare!




  30.  
    Alex

    I went online today and saw the teaser trailer before I even saw the cast, I didn’t think the cast would be coming out for MONTHS so I kinda just stopped looking. but then I saw the trailer and I was really upset at whop they choose for dimika but then I looked him up and he is PERFECT omg I love that he is actually Russian and the he’s unknown! I love everyone they picked so far!




  31.  
    Blackie

    I am so excited that the directors chose an actual Russian to play Dimka! How awesome is that! And as for Zoey, she could be a little more tan and curvy, but other than that she looks just like Rose!




  32.  
    Ines Caranaubahx

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Please. I’m NOT excited! I wish they don’t make a movie from the books. Dimitri isn’t the Dimitri i dreamed about. And also Rose. Lissa is okay, I tink she fits… but… oooh no. God please.




  33.  
    Sjakendudndn

    SO DISAPPOINTED FOR THE ROLE OF DIMITIRI. Ugh Dimitri is this sex god and this guy is no where near it. Zoey really isn’t a top Rose either. Ugh already disgracing the book




  34.  
    Steffi

    In the trailer, when I saw Dimitri (in dark shadows in a trench coat and making out with Rose) I was like WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK.

    But, noooowwwwwwwwww…… well. Yum.




  35.  

    Awesome news, and they’re calling it blood sisters because originally richelle was going to call vampire academy blood sisters.
    Sigh dimka is so hot!




  36.  

    Wow I think all 3 are purrfect…Rose’s actress is especially perfect she’s just like I pictured.




  37.  
    ashley

    we love you damika ^ ^
    U




  38.  

    when can we download it?!
    i cant wait really!




  39.  
    Kara

    The trailers look absolutely awful. Why do they have to kill all my favorite books? First the Mortal Instruments and now this!




  40.  
    Anonymous

    hes so hott




  41.  
    mylesha

    I READ ALL THE BOOKS. I LOVE THIS MOVIE! BOOKS BETTER THO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




  42.  
    yup

    There not who I would have chosen but I can definitely see them doing the characters justice.




  43.  
    Person

    If any of you have seen the show game of thrones the girl that plays dany is who I pictured as lissa




  44.  
    Julia Best

    They should have used and actual Turkish female but I still think shes good enough




  45.  
    J

    Rose needs to be tanner and dimitri needs to be more buff.




  46.  
    DrAgOnLOVER26

    i liked the first guy they had picked out better(ben barnes) he fit the role better than the new guy but its to late now to change the cast the movie is already out!!!! 🙁 im disappointed in the people who picked out the cast!!!!!!




  47.  
    Stephanie

    I really think Dimitri needed more visible muscle. Also leaving some facial hair and not pulling his hair to the side would have helped. Something closer to the book cover and Google images would be better. Current look in the movies seems really unsexy. Disappointed.




  48.  
    manda

    At first in the movie, I HATED everyone except Dimitri. but as the movie went on I realized they were all perfect for the parts.




  49.  
    Anonymous

    OKAY SEEN iT! Loved it!
    Want to watch it again and again! HURRY UP With the next ones! Get the ball on lol.
    I read my books over and over again just love them.
    Reading is awesome 🙂
    Once I seen on trailers they where making VA! I was so excited. It was great! Dimitri Is great! ROSE, AND Lissa!
    They picked great actors for this.
    I personally think they fit the bill. I can’t wait for the others! Get the move on. I already want to see the next ones lol.
    I just have to say this was super fantastic.




  50.  
    Anonymous

    Just saw the movie… Dimitri was such a TOTAL let down!!! Ozera seemed to be a better choice for Dimitri’s character. Loved The choice for Rose!!




  51.  
    Kaitlyn

    I know were all entitled to an opinion, but come on guys, Ellen Page is fun, witty, exciting. You never know what’s going to come next with this girl. I thought her character for Rose was perfect. Shes fearless with acting and thats exactly what a shadow kissed vamp. Guardian should be, onset and off.




  52.  
    Anonymous

    Movie was so bad none of the actors fitted right.
    Lissa was a stronger personality then rose which is so not cool and rose needs to be more out of control.
    I hate when people think that they can make a movie just as good at the books and then it sucks, all my friends think that they could direct it better and I agree with them.
    And what was up with the party Scene Rose punches Mia on purpose but no in the movie it has to be an (ACCIDENT)
    I think they need to change most of the characters (Rose, Lissa, Dimitri, Christen and Mia)
    I think the directors need to change as well to like to the person who directed harry potter or pirates of the Carrabin




  53.  
    LUXY

    GOD SAKE
    DIMINTRI IS SOOOOOOOOO HOT
    LISSA IS SOOOOOOOOOOO PRETTY
    ROSE IS SOOOOOOOOOOO PRETTY
    CHRISTIAN IS SOOOOOOOO HOT
    JESSE IS SOOOOOOOOOOO HOT
    VICTOR IS SOOOOOOOOOO UGLY(NO OFFENCE)
    MASON IS SOOOOOOOOOO HOT (AS WELL)




  54.  
    LUXY

    DIMINTRI I LOVE YU




  55.  
    Sarah

    omg I love this series and im getting the movie cant wait to seeee <3 cant wait

    LOVE AND THANKS TO ALL




  56.  
    T i y

    Omg i still havent seen this film i just started the books and im only on shadowkiss im so behind from what i ve heard they did the books proud cant wait to watch




  57.  
    @ t i y

    They did aaaaaaahhhhhhhh




  58.  
    Romitri

    Ok…this is a bit late, I’ll say that, but I dug this up again and just HAD to comment on this. I watched the movie as soon as it came out… and was awfully disappointed :(( . Firstly, Zoey’s interpretation of Rose Hathaway was not as I thought it would be. Rose is fierce, sassy, mean, but at the same time – protective, kind, and sympathetic. Her vulnerability and strength combined make her one of the most iconic YA characters of all time. The movie character Rose was portrayed as a mean girl, without her sympathetic side. Without that, it isn’t Rose Hathaway, and the story wouldn’t be how it is. She has none of the hidden depths that make the character so appealing in the book. It’s just sad that a character we love so much was diminished with such typical, predictable moves and a childish attitude.
    Dimitri – oh my, I don’t even want to talk about him :3 I’ll give him a point for being good-looking. But the god Dimitri was not shown here. The god Dimitri was the Dimitri in the books. AND THEY NEED TO FIND ANOTHER ACTOR I MEAN HAV EYOU EVER CONSIDERED STEPHEN AMELL??? -.-





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