Eva Green Joining Johnny Depp in Dark Shadows Adaptation, with Jackie Earle Haley and Bella Heathcoate Also in Talks
02.04.11 by BJSprecher
It appears that Tim Burton's much-talked-about movie adaptation of the '60s Gothic soap opera Dark Shadows is finally coming together. With only Johnny Depp attached to star in the movie for the longest time, the cast is finally beginning to be fleshed out with the recent news that Eva Green has been offered a leading role. Additionally, Jackie Earle Hayley and Bella Heathcoate are said to be "in talks" for key roles, as well.
Dark Shadows was unlike any other soap opera of the day because it featured numerous supernatural elements and characters, from witches, warlocks and werewolves, to vampires, ghosts, and zombies. According to Deadline, Green will play Angelique Bouchard, "a powerful witch...in a love-hate relationship" with Depp's character, Barnabas Collins, a nearly 200-year-old vampire.
The day before Deadline posted the Green news, the entertainment site reported that Hayley and Heathcoate were up for the roles of Willie Loomis and Victoria Winters, respectively, in Burton's adaptation. In the Dark Shadows TV show, Loomis was a swindler and con man who broke into Collins' tomb in the hopes of looting some expensive jewelry from the corpse only to awaken the slumbering vampire and, ultimately, become his servant, while Winters was the young mortal governess of the Collins estate.
The script for Dark Shadows was written by Seth Grahame-Smith, who took over writing chores from original writer John August. The movie is expected to go into production in April for a planned late-2011 release.