Bookish senior Ethan, portrayed by Alden Ehrenreich, is a kid plagued by a recurring Civil War-era nightmare (Help! I'm trapped in an outtake from "Lincoln"!) he cannot explain or understand. The girl in his dream looks oddly like the mysterious new student in town, Lena (Alice Englert, daughter of filmmaker Jane Campion). Shunned by the snippy little book-banning mean-girl twits of Gatlin ("The Fountainhead"? This town bans "The Fountainhead"?!?), Lena is one of a long line of casters. As she approaches her 16th birthday, outcast Lena must prepare herself to be "claimed" by "the dark." Love for a mortal is no good for this special breed of caster, who can telekinetically do whatever she likes with wind, fire, water and air. She's like "The Last Airbender" with three bonus bends. -- Michael Phillips
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