And, the fans aren’t happy with the change.
With the release of the Mortal Engines teaser, fans of the book have addressed an evident deviation from the source- the absence of Hester’s facial scar. The movie’s heroine, Hester Shaw, is described in the book as a “portrait that had been furiously crossed out.” The author Philip Reeve even described Hester, in an interview, with her mouth “wrenched sideways in a permanent sneer, her nose was a smashed stump and her single eye stared at him out of the wreckage, as grey and chill as a winter sea.” Apparently, Jackson and his crew somehow tapered off the disfigurement by giving her both her eyes.
Fans took to social media and even shared their own rendering of Hester Shaw as how she should look as referenced in the book. Someone even made a petition at Change.org calling the attention of the film’s producer Peter Jackson and director Christian Rivers to remain true to the literature it is based upon.
— www.MortalEnginesMovie.com (@MortalEngin3s) December 21, 2017
Here’s hoping that scar beneath her scarf compromises the facial alteration to which the fans have altercated against.
Mortal Engines, Peter Jackson’s cinematic adaptation of Philip Reeve’s steampunk, post-apocalyptic sci-fi of the same name, stars Hera Hilmar (The Fifth Estate) as Hester Shaw, Robert Sheehan (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) as Tom Natsworthy, Stephen Lang (Avatar and its upcoming sequels) as Chryslar Peavy, Ronan Raftery (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) as Bevis Pod, Jihae (Mars) as Anna Fang, Aaron Jackson (Pete’s Dragon) as Gench, Kee Chan (Red Dog: True Blue) as Governor Kwan and Leila George (Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?) as Katherine Valentine.