Helena Bonham Carter and Michelle Pfieffer to Join Dark Shadows?
02.16.11 by Ryan
Director Tim Burton has shown that he enjoys working with certain actors, which is why he is again teaming with Johnny Depp for the upcoming Dark Shadows, an adaptation of the 1960s soap opera that featured vampires, zombies, werewolves, and other gothic elements. Depp has long been cast as Barnabas Collins, a nearly two hundred-year-old vampire, and recent reports have Burton bringing more friendly faces along as well.
THR reports that Michelle Pfeiffer is in negotiations to join the cast as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, the matriarch of the Collins family and owner of the Collinwood mansion in the fictional Maine town of Collinsport. Pfeiffer last worked with Burton in 1992's Batman Returns, playing Catwoman. The late Joan Bennett played the role in the TV series.
Coming as no surprise to any fan of Burton's movies, Deadline reports that Helena Bonham Carter could be up for a role as well. Bonham Carter, also Burton's off-screen partner, has appeared in every one of the director's movies since the pair met while working on 2001's Planet of the Apes. While negotiations have yet to begin, Deadline says Bonham Carter would play Dr. Julia Hoffman, a psychologist and rare blood specialist that ultimately allies herself with Barnabas and could cure him of his bloodsucking ways. On the TV show, Hoffman was played by the late Grayson Hall.
Already joining Burton and Depp are Eva Green as the powerful witch Angelique Bouchard, Jackie Earle Hayley as Collins' servant Willie Loomis, and Bella Heathcoate as Victoria Winters, the governness of the Collinwood estate.
Dark Shadows will begin production in April, with a script by Seth Grahame-Smith, who took over the writing duties from John August last year.