Check This Out: Underworld: Rise of the Lycans Poster
It may not have the same following as Twilight, but the Underworld series is solid vampire fare and a line of films that I certainly categorize as guilty pleasure. Last month we brought you the first trailer for the third installment, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, and today (thanks to ShockTillYouDrop) we have the official poster for the film. Overzealous Photoshopping aside, Bill Nighy as the vampire king, Viktor, is such a cool sight. I'm thrilled he continues to be a part of the Underworld series, despite former lead Kate Beckinsale being replaced by smokin' Brit Rhona Mitra (decidedly my new sci-fi / fantasy crush).
To recap, Rise of the Lycans is a prequel to other two films, and details the history around the centuries-old feud between lycans and vampires. Mitra plays Sonja, Viktor's daughter, who falls in love with Lucien (the eventual leader of the lycans), played by the very talented Michael Seen (of The Queen and Frost/Nixon). Sonja's decision to be with Lucien combined with an uprising among the vampires' slaves causes an epic battle, replete with fangs, fur, blood and rain. It's going to be great! Who else is excited?
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is directed by Patrick Tatopoulos, a visual consultant and long-time creature designer who is making his directorial debut. The screenplay and story have numerous writers attached, with Dirk Blackman and Howard McCain (of the upcoming sci-fi flick Outlander) and Danny McBride (of Underworld and Underworld: Evolution) credited as the primary screenwriters. Sony is debuting Underworld: Rise of the Lycans in theaters everywhere on January 23rd, 2009 next year.
Reader Feedback - 14 Comments
"any idiot can make a movie about vampires", I like this tag line better.
icke on Nov 19, 2008
Not to be catty, but Bill Nighy is wearing WAY too much eyeliner in that poster. He looks like an aging drag queen.
Tom Brazelton on Nov 19, 2008
I will miss Kate in those tight leather outfits.
Daniel on Nov 19, 2008
Like the Star Wars prequels, the problem with this prequel is that we know that, at the end of this movie, nor Viktor nor Lucien are dead (same for a I am Legend prequel) So, much ado about nothing, i guess. IMO, and i love the Underworld series, this will be all about fighting coreography and sfx. I wonder how could the story be good enough when we already know how it ends. Best of luck for the movie though, it has been a great series so far.
Fox on Nov 19, 2008
THIS is the hottest vampire ever. Bite me, Viktor, bite me!
Anne on Nov 19, 2008
Meh. No Kate? I don't want to watch it!
Ian on Nov 19, 2008
twispious on Nov 19, 2008
kate was the only reason i watched the first movies. kate isn't supposed to be in this one. sonja is his earlier daughter. kate comes later (in the first two movies we watched). underworld is the story before everything happened.
freestyLes on Nov 19, 2008
Lame...I'll be waiting to see this one...
Peloquin on Nov 19, 2008
Know what I hate? People who don't like this movie because kate isn't in it. It is a PREQUEL! She Can't be in it. It would mess up the balance of the Universe. In this movie, she hasn't eve been born yet.
Daniel F. on Nov 19, 2008
I meant here character hasn't been born yet.
Daniel F. on Nov 19, 2008
Hey Daniel F., Her character's name was "Selene" in the first two. This movie really looks like its going to be a waste. The second one already went into looking back into the originality of the fued between vampires and lycans - remember the opening sequence with horses and swords and bloodshed? - yeah, that's enough. We don't need to keep wringing out this towel, this franchise is bone dry since the last one.
Conrad on Nov 20, 2008
This is awesome. I am defs excited. Finally! Bill on the cover!
Ellen M. on Nov 24, 2008
Kate Beckinsale was the most appealing part of Underworld. Mitra might be attractive, but she's no Kate. I'll pass on this fluff and await a continuation to the story starring Kate Beckinsale.
MBD on Dec 2, 2008
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