First Look: Vampire John C. Reilly in Cirque du Freak
The last time we mentioned Cirque du Freak was when I questioned whether Willem Dafoe had a creepy fascination with vampires. Dafoe had just been cast alongside of John C. Reilly, Salma Hayek, Patrick Fugit, Ken Watanabe, and Chris Kelly. The film is a rather twisted and fantastical tale about a 14-year-old boy who visits a traveling freak show and is drawn into the world of vampires, werewolves and bearded ladies, eventually giving up his own normal life to go on the road with the Cirque Du Freak. Apparently the story has a lot more to do with vampires, but I don't want to spoil any of it. Empire has revealed the first photo from the film featuring John C. Reilly as Larten Crepsley and newcomer Chris Kelly as Darren Shah.
It's unfortunately quite hard to see Reilly in this photo below. I wish we could get a closer look at his face, because he looks like an awesome vampire, but alas this is all we've got. Cirque du Freak sounds like one of the most unique and refreshing horror films in a while, which is why I'm so interested. Plus the cast is just phenomenal and I can't deny actors like John C. Reilly and Ken Watanabe.
Cirque du Freak is directed by ex-producer Paul Weitz of About a Boy, In Good Company, and American Dreamz previously. The script was written by Brian Helgeland of Paul Greengrass' upcoming Green Zone as well as L.A. Confidential, Conspiracy Theory, Mystic River, and Man on Fire previously. The film is based on a series of novels of the same name written by Darren Shan. Universal hasn't set an official release date for this yet, but we can expect to see it sometime by the end of 2008.