The first trailer for Dark Shadows, the big-screen adaptation of the 1970s campy cult gothic soap opera was released this weekend by Warner Bros. The movie is set to open in the U.S. on May 11.
Johnny Depp has coveted playing the role of the romantically doomed vampire Barnabas Collins for years and used his considerable Hollywood heft to get this project green lighted.
A collaboration of Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, the film is a period comedy set in 1972 – equal parts Beetlejuice and Austin Powers, it’s 100% campy comedy.
Joining Depp in starring roles are Eva Green (The Golden Compass, Casino Royale, Camelot) as the witch, Angelique Bouchard, Michelle Pfeiffer (Stardust, Witches of Eastwick, Wolf) as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, Jonny Lee Miller (Æon Flux, Eli Stone, Dexter) as Roger Collins, Helena Bonham Carter (Harry Potter series, Alice in Wonderland, Sweeny Todd) as Dr. Julia Hoffman, and Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen, Shutter Island) as Willie Loomis.
Actors with Cameo parts in the film include Christopher Lee and Alice Cooper.
Press release from the studio below:
FROM WARNER BROS.
In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from Liverpool, England to start a new life in America. But even an ocean was not enough to escape the mysterious curse that has plagued their family.
Two decades pass and Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet–or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine.
The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy…until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green).
A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive. Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972.
He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harboring their own dark secrets. Matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer) has called upon live-in psychiatrist, Dr. Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter), to help with her family troubles.
Also residing in the manor is Elizabeth’s ne’er-do-well brother, Roger Collins, (Jonny Lee Miller); her rebellious teenage daughter Carolyn Stoddard (Chloe Moretz); and Roger’s precocious 10-year-old son, David Collins (Gulliver McGrath).
The mystery extends beyond the family, to caretaker Willie Loomis, played by Jackie Earle Haley, and David’s new nanny, Victoria Winters, played by Bella Heathcote.