Earlier teasers for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children has fans of the fantasy realm eager for Tim Burton’s next big vision and, while that anticipation seems unbearable at times, there are the random glimpses that hint at what can be expected when the film does hit theaters. One such tease comes with the news that Florence and the Machine has been added to the Miss Peregrine’s soundtrack. The new single has been released to give audiences a feel for the film and it does just that, adding yet another musical masterpiece to Florence and the Machine’s ever expanding repertoire.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Does “Wish That You Were Here”
Giving an even greater sense of the overall feel for the new Tim Burton film, Florence and the Machine delivers their latest track, “Wish That You Were Here,” which is to be featured during the film’s opening credits. NME shares that the song, played at its full duration, goes for an impressive six minutes and 44 seconds and, of course, features the artist’s classic harp. The distinctive sound, light and soaring, gives the listener an opportunity to open the imagination and accept what is to come on the big screen.
Florence and the Machine releases “Wish That You Were Here” just after finishing up their “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful Tour,” and Florence reveals that the new song was heavily influenced by that tour.
“It’s amazing, but it comes at a cost — a cost of leaving the people you love behind for a year or two. You kind of feel like if you could sing a song into the wind, maybe the wind could take it to them in a way that you can’t with a text or a call,” Florence says of the inspiration for the new song. “You just want to send your love in a different way, in a way to somehow reach the unreachable.”
Florence and the Machine’s “Wish That You Were Here” perfectly captures the spirit of the film through melody and lyrics, ensuring that the tune and Miss Peregrine’s will soon become synonymous.
Meet Just One of the Children
Ella Purnell has been acting for as long as she can remember, but as WWD pointedly suggests, the actress may find her biggest role and her greatest exposure as Emma Bloom in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Ella debuted in the theater, playing in the stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, before moving to cinema. She was first seen in the 2010 film, Never Let Me Go, where she played a younger version of Keira Knightley’s character.
“I didn’t really look at the job as a way to make money or get famous or anything,” London-born Purnell says of that first role. “For me, it was the reason why I didn’t like going to parties. You don’t care about that stuff when you’re a kid.”
Purnell says that taking the role of Emma Bloom was a dream come true because she has been a fan of the Ransom Riggs children’s book, upon which Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is based. Ella loves knowing that the whole story was inspired from a few random, odd photos Riggs came across and flourished into this imaginative, fanciful tale. Ms. Purnell also shares a great love for her character in particular, detailing Emma Bloom’s gifts with pride and excitement.
“My character can manipulate air basically — in the book it’s fire, but in the film it’s air — so she does that in all these creative ways,” Purnell explains. “She can breathe underwater, help other people breath underwater, she can create a tornado with her breath. The main thing is that she flies, so I spent so long in a harness and wires up in the air. They got a wind machine out, and I actually felt like I was blowing back Samuel L. Jackson [the film’s antagonist].”
Ella Purnell has always been fascinated with acting, partly because it’s the only profession that allows one to do something different every day. The Miss Peregrine’s actress says it’s just like playing dress up except that she gets paid to do it. One additional perk is that she gets to work with Tim Burton, something she has dreamed of doing for as long as she has been acting.
“He really wants to make it feel like a collaboration, and he’ll ask you what you think the scene is about, what you think the characters are about,” Purnell says of working with the Miss Peregrine’s director. “I felt really relaxed around him. He’d come on set with water guns and stand with the kids in hair and makeup having fights. He’s like the Pied Piper.”
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will premiere in theaters on September 30.
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