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.