Tim Burton’s long-gestating Dark Shadows sprang to life this week, first with word that Jackie Earle Haley and Bella Heathcote are circling the movie and now with the news that Eva Green will be the female lead.
Deadline reports the actress, best known for her portrayal of Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale, will star opposite Johnny Depp is the adaptation of the gothic soap opera. Green is negotiating to play Angelique, a powerful witch engaged in a tormented love-hate relationship with the vampire Barnabas Collins (Depp).
Dark Shadows, which aired weekdays on ABC from 1966 to 1971, was set in Collinsport, Maine, where governess Victoria Winters 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. Created by producer Dan Curtis, the widely popular series moved beyond vampires to introduce ghosts, werewolves, zombies, witches, time travel and even a parallel universe. A primetime remake aired, if only briefly, on NBC in 1991.
Heathcote is the top choice for Victoria, while Haley is negotiating to play Willie Loomis, a con man who becomes Barnabas’ servant after a botched robbery of the Collins mansion.
Warner Bros. bought the film rights in 2007, quickly teaming with Depp, who’s long wanted to play Barnabas Collins. 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 set to begin in April.
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