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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.
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
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
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.
they travel Tristan discovers the meaning of true love,
but is blissfully unaware that he’s leading Yvaine into
even more danger...
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.”
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.”
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