Based on the Novel Written by Neil Gaiman and directed by Matthew Vaughn, STARDUST features a star-studded cast including Claire Danes, Charlie Cox, Sienna Miller, Ricky Gervais, Jason Flemyng, Peter O’Toole, with Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert De Niro.
Coming to theaters on August 10th, 2007, Stardust Movie is set in England and goes to la-la-land, another magical world, as the story progresses.
The film, an adaptation of the novel by Neil Gaiman which was illustrated by Charles Vess, is an adventure fantasy. A young man named Tristan (Charlie Cox) woos a village beauty Victoria (Sienna Miller), promising to bring her a falling star. His journey takes him beyond the walls of his village to a mysterious and forbidden land.
When Tristan finds the star, he is star-struck, and stunned to discover that the star is not a lump of meteoric rock, but an angry, injured girl named Yvaine (Claire Danes) – who has no desire to be dragged across the world and be presented to anyone’s girlfriend.
Sadly, Tristan is not the only one seeking the star. A dying King’s (Peter O’Toole) four sons – not to mention the ghosts of their three dead brothers – all need the star as they vie for the throne.
Three evil witches, led by the murderous Lamia (Michelle Pfeiffer) seek the star’s heart to make them young again.
Tristan and Yvaine are forced to flee together, encountering the captain of a flying pirate ship (Robert De Niro) and a shady trader named Ferdy the Fence (Ricky Gervais, star of the British hit comedy TV show, The Office) along the way.
As they travel Tristan discovers the meaning of true love, but is blissfully unaware that he’s leading Yvaine into even more danger…
The Story Behind Stardust: “It mostly started in 1991,” explained Gaiman. “Charles and I won the world fantasy award for Sandman 19: A Midsummer Night’s Dream. We were out in Tucson, Arizona where we actually astonished ourselves and everybody else by winning the award. We astonished everybody else to the point that the judges, the secret committee behind the judging, got together the following morning and changed the rules so it could never happen again.
“That night I went out to a party held by a lady by the name of Terry Windling out in the desert. And in the Tucson desert, I got to watch a falling star. In England, they’re just sort of a streak of light across the sky. I discovered if you’re in the Tucson desert and you watch, it’s like this little diamond coming down. You go, ‘My God, that was….,’ just watching it. I thought, ‘What if you went to get that falling star?’ And then I thought, ‘And what if it wasn’t a star, it was a girl. And what if she had a broken leg and a foul-temper and had no desire to be dragged halfway across the world and presented to anybody’s would-be fiancée?’ Suddenly, there was the story.”
“We did the art as a sort of presentation to publishers first,” said Gaiman. “So in ’93, Charles did a bunch of the paintings and so it’s sort of taken a while to wend its way into the world. It was published in ’98, I think, and then ’99 without the pictures because we looked at our contract and discovered that DC had given us those rights without really noticing they had. The rest is history or economics or something.”