Gemma Arterton Stuns In ‘Byzantium’ Photos For Upcoming Vampire Thriller

Gemma Arterton Gets Bloody In Byzantium

Gemma Arterton stunned in Byzantium photos that hit the web on Thursday.

Sites like and swooned over the stills that feature Arterton in some provocative poses, not to mention one that shows clearly which side of the human-bloodsucker equation she will reside when Byzantium hits select theaters on June 28.

The plot will focus on a mother and daughter duo, who form a deadly pact, according to IMDb. has a few more details, noting that Arterton will play Clara, the mother role, though neither character will appear that distanced in age.

(After all, these are vampires.)

Fleeing the scene of a grisly crime, the two vampires find their own adventures within a quiet, sleepy town.

Clara sells her body at a house called “Byzantium,” which she turns into a “pop-up” brothel, and Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan) finds someone with whom she can share her secret.

Catching the fallout are the townspeople, who one-by-one start to die as the women’s past starts to catch up to them.

IFC Films picked up the rights in September 2012 at the Toronto International Film Festival. Bolstered by a cast that in addition to Ronan and Gemma Arterton included Jonny Lee Miller and Sam Riley, Byzantium was a lock.

Throw in director Neil Jordan, whose Interview with the Vampire earned two Oscar nominations and put Kirsten Dunst on the map, and you can understand what IFC saw in this project.

As for Arterton, she has had a successful 2013 thus far, starring in the international box office hit Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters alongside Jeremy Renner.

Despite a less-than-stellar domestic showing, the action-horror hybrid, shot on a budget of $51 million, crossed $200 million this month thanks to a stellar overseas take and was cleared for a sequel.

For a peak at the new Gemma Arterton Byzantium photos, check out the stills below. Are you looking forward to watching Arterton play bloodsucker?

[Image via Joe Seer /]

Gemma Arterton In Byzantium