Michelle Pfeiffer to join Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows?

Michelle Pfeiffer is reportedly in discussion with Tim Burton to star in his latest film Dark Shadows.

The pair last worked together back in 1992, when the actress played Catwoman in Batman Returns.

Dark Shadows is a big screen re-vamp of the popular 1960s gothic vampire TV soap opera, so it’s right up Burton’s street.

You’ll never guess who else is starring in it? Yes that’s right Johnny Depp, who seems to only do Burton films these days, will be playing a 200-year-old vampire called Barnabas Collins. It is believed that like the show, the film will follow his run-ins with various monsters, witches, werewolves and ghosts.

In the TV show Jonathan Frid played the role and famously excelled as him. Speaking about the film to MTV, Depp said:

“For me, even the conversations I’ve had with Tim, what Jonathan Frid did with that character and that classic look he created, I find it very difficult to stray very far from that. I think it’s going to be somewhere in that arena, with maybe just a couple of different touches here and there.”

OK, not quite sure what the point is if he’s not going to add anything to the role, but anyway. It has also been suggested that Burton’s wife and Bafta winner Helena Bonham Carter may also sign up to be in the film, playing Collins’ enemy Dr Julia Hoffman, a specialist in both psychology and rare blood diseases.

Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley and Bella Heathcote are all already on board. Dark Shadows will begin filming this spring. We don’t know about you but we’re not particularly excited about this, Depp and Burton need to start working outside their comfort zones once again, don’t you think?

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