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The word “peculiar” might sound like a dismissive way to describe children, but in this case, it may be a bit of an understatement based on the spectacular abilities of the orphans at Miss Peregrine’s home.

Director Tim Burton‘s new film is based on American author Ransom Rigg‘s 2011 novel by the same name.

The story revolves around 16-year-old Jake (Asa Butterfield). He unexpectedly loses his grandfather and is plagued with nightmares. His grandfather’s old photographs lead him to an abandoned orphanage in Wales.

This is where we meet Miss Peregrine (Eva Green) and the other children:

Burton described Miss Peregrine to Entertainment Weekly, saying, “She’s like a scary Mary Poppins and can turn into a bird.”

Rigg’s story started off as a picture book, using actual photos he collected. But the story continued to grow, with Rigg’s writing out the entire novel.

Burton told EW that he also found the photos inspiring, saying, “They’re quite compelling. They remind me of old horror movies, or dreams.”

The film also stars Dame Judi Dench, Rupert Everett, Chris O’Dowd, Terence Stamp, Ella Purnell, Kim Dickens, Allison Janney and Samuel L. Jackson.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children hits U.S. theaters on September 30, 2016.

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By Brigid Brown