Chloe Moretz Joins <i>Dark Shadows</i>

When Kick-Ass star Chloe Moretz teased MTV last weekend that she "just booked a huge project," she wasn't joking around. Deadline now reports the 14-year-old actress is in talks to appear in Dark Shadows, Tim Burton's long-brewing adaptation of the popular 1960s gothic soap opera.

She joins a cast that so far includes Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley and Bella Heathcote. Helena Bonham Carter is also expected to appear.

Dark Shadows, which aired weekdays on ABC from 1966 to 1971, followed governess Victoria Winters, who arrived at the Collins estate in search of her mysterious origins. But the Collins family had its own secrets, including cousin Barnabas, a 200-year-old vampire from England. Depp will, of course, star as Barnabas, while Heathcote will portray Victoria.

Moretz will play Carolyn, daughter of Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Pfeiffer), reclusive matriarch of the Collins family, wealthy longtime owners of a cannery in the fishing town of Collinsport, Maine.

Warner Bros. bought the film rights to Dark Shadows in 2007, quickly teaming with Depp, who’s long wanted to play Barnabas. Depp’s Infinitum Nihil and Graham King’s GK Films are producing the adaptation. Seth Grahame-Smith, author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, penned the new draft of the adaptation. Production is expected to begin this month.

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