“A bunch of weirdos. They’re all weird!” laughed director Tim Burton at the 20th Century Fox, Saks fifth Avenue, and Visa Signature premiere of his latest film “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” Monday night. Burton was speaking about his cast which includes Samuel L. Jackson, Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Ella Purnell, Allison Janney, Judi Dench, Lauren McCrostie and Finlay MacMillan.
The gothic-themed movie, based on a young adult novel of the same name by Ransom Riggs, follows a boy named Jake after a family tragedy. Jake soon discovers a spooky, yet enchanting home that is refuge for children with odd abilities and talents.
Jackson, who plays a white-eyed villain named Barron, explained to Variety that Burton is “very Quentin [Tarantino]-like” in his directing style.
“It’s incumbent on you to come in there as precise and as sure as you want to do as [he is],” Jackson said. “But still he expects you to come and create something that’s as unique and visual as what he’s doing.”
Green, who worked with Burton on “Dark Shadows” voiced that even with a second film under her belt, “you’re always worried you’re not going to measure up.” She added, “It’s a gift. Not every day I can play a Mary Poppins that can shape-shift into a bird.”
After snapping photos on the red carpet, the cast and crew enjoyed a “Peculiar Children” themed after-party at Saks Fifth Avenue. The stars of the film enjoyed small plates among bubble-shaped chandeliers, leaf-lined walls decorated with photos of the peculiar children, and centerpieces consisting of empty bird cages, black feathers, and twisted plants.
“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” bows Sept. 30.