Jackie Earle Haley, Bella Heathcote Cast in Burton's 'Dark Shadows'
Looks like everything is set to start on Tim Burton's Dark Shadows movie, starring Johnny Depp as the vampire Barnabas Collins. Deadline reports two other actors are joining - Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen, A Nightmare on Elm Street) as Willie Loomis, a con artist who becomes Barnabas' "servant and whipping boy"; and young newcomer actress Bella Heathcote ("Neighbours", Beneath Hill 60) as Victoria "Vicki" Winters. Heathcote isn't fully secured, as they only say "sources say that Bella… is the choice to play" but no confirmation. Either way, I'm excited to see some casting coming together. Haley should be great as Loomis.
Dark Shadows, adapted by author Seth Grahame-Smith of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter for Burton, is based on a 60s gothic daytime serial with vampires, ghosts, zombies, werewolves, parallel universes and time-paradoxes, that Burton described as "part campy melodrama, part dead serious—and decidedly odd—storytelling." Victoria Winters is another one of the key characters, a "good-natured governess" who always gets mixed up in things at Collinwood. It was confirmed that shooting would begin this year, and it looks like Burton has moved into casting, so progress is being made. This is obviously a project we're going to keep our eye on, because it's got Depp & Burton and sounds like it could be great. Good casting so far?