Jackie Earle Haley is being creepy again. The Oscar nominated actor and former Freddy Krueger will remain on the dark side for the foreseeable future. According to Deadline, Haley is up for a role in Tim Burton’s big screen adaptation of the classic daytime soap Dark Shadows. There’s also word that actress Bella Heathcoate is up for a pivotal part in the revamp. Find out who’s playing who below…
Johnny Depp has already been cast in the role of Barnabas Collins and the site reports that Haley is up for the part of Willie Loomis, while Heathcoate is in talks to play Victoria Winters, the young governess of the Collins estate. Loomis is a notorious con artist who comes to Collinwood bent on swindling the reclusive matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard. But instead of finding fortune he becomes the whipping boy of the vampire Barnabas.
Dark Shadows is expected to begin filming sometime this year. The film is based on the Gothic themed soap opera that ran on ABC from 1966 to 1971. It reappeared briefly in the early nineties on NBC as a weekly prime time series, but the new format didn’t stick and neither did the viewers.
Do you think Haley would make a good addition to the Dark Shadows cast?