Just yesterday we learned that Jackie Earle Haley and Bella Heathcoate were in talks to join Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows adaptation, and today another actor can be added to the list. According to Deadline, French star Eva Green has been cast in the film as the female lead opposite Johnny Depp.
Green is set to play Angelique, the powerful witch who maintained a love hate relationship with the vampire Barnabas Collins (Depp). 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.
What do you think of Green joining the cast of Dark Shadows? Are you interested in seeing the adaptation?