Who’s really surprised by this latest casting for Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows? The director has roped in two frequent collaborators for the project in the form of Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter. According to a report from Heat Vision, both actresses are in talks to fill two primary female roles. Find out what they are…

“Pfeiffer would play Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, the reclusive matriarch of the Collins family which runs the Maine town. The character has not left the mansion since the disappearance  of her husband a decade earlier.” The last time the actress starred in a Burton film it was in 1992′s Batman Returns where she played Selina Kyle aka Catwoman.

Carter, who previously appeared in Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, “is likely to play Hoffman, a specialist in psychology and rare blood disorders who moves into Collinwood. While she initially is a threat to the vampire Barnabas, she eventually becomes his ally, who might be able to cure him of his thirst for blood” according to Deadline.

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 the latest additions to the Dark Shadows cast?