Helena Bonham Carter and Michelle Pfeiffer Joining 'Dark Shadows'
With Johnny Depp taking the lead, Eva Green and Jackie Earle Haley recently signing on for the film, the cast of Dark Shadows can't get much better. But now Tim Burton has brought on a couple of previous collaborators to the project as well. Deadline reports Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter are being lined up to join the adaptation of the the daytime TV horror serial that ran on ABC from 1966 to 1971, logging over 1,200 episodes filled with ghosts, ghouls, vampires, zombies, werewolves, parallel universes, and time-paradoxes. Pfeiffer is currently in talks, but Carter hasn't yet begun official negotiations just yet.
Michelle Pfeiffer will play Elizabeth Collins Stoddard the reclusive matriarch of the Collins clan and owner of Collinwood, the mansion where the supernatural saga unfolds. Meanwhile, the role that should be for Carter is that of Dr. Julia Hoffman, a specialist in psychology and rare blood disorders who moves into Collinwood. The character is initially a threat to Barnabas (Depp), but she eventually becomes his ally and tries to cure him of his thirst for blood. Since Bonham Carter is Burton's wife, her casting isn't a surprise, but I like that Burton is bringing Pfeiffer back into his twisted world of film. She was great as Catwoman in Batman Returns, and has enjoyed a moderate resurgence of her fame again these past five years. What do you think?