Director Tim Burton is preparing to go into production on his next film, which is an adaptation of the Ransom Riggs novel, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Eva Green (300: Rise of an Empire, Sin City 2) is already set to play the title character, and now the director is looking to cast Ender's Game star Asa Butterfield as the other lead.

The news comes from The Wrap, who says, "Butterfield has not received an official offer yet, insiders say one is expected to materialize soon, as he's Burton's choice for the coveted role."

The story follows a teenager who must help protect a group of orphans with special powers from creatures out to get them.

If Butterfield gets the part, he would play 16-year-old Jacob Portman, "who seeks the truth about his grandfather's past after he's murdered by a 'hollow,' a vicious creature that Jacob had thought to be imaginary. He quickly meets a young girl named Emma who can control fire, and via a time loop, she introduces him to Miss Peregrine and a group of peculiar children with special abilities, including super strength and invisibility."

Green is playing Miss Peregrine, who serves as the guardian of the group, but it's Jacob that holds the key to their survival.

Butterfield is a very talented young actor who also starred in Martin Scorsese's amazing film Hugo. This would be a great project for him to work on, and he has definitely got that certain look that Burton likes to use in his movies. The movie has a release date of March 4th, 2016.

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