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Tom Hiddleston & Tilda Swinton Join Jarmusch's Vampire Romance

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January 30, 2012
Source: THR

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Though recently Oscar-snubbed actor Michael Fassbender has been slated to star in Jim Jarmusch's vampire romance Only Loves Left Alive since last May, it sounds like the in-demand actor will be stepping away from the project. Now THR reports Tom Hiddleston will take the role vacated by the actor in the story described as an unusual love story between two vampires who have been in love for centuries. Mia Wasikowska is still involved with the project and now Tilda Swinton and John Hurt, who turned in great work in We Need to Talk About Kevin and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy respectively, have joined also.

Previously the film was also described as a "crypto-vampire love story" and Jarmusch has been developing this film for years. Considering the wide array of films Jarmusch has directed like The Limits of Control, Broken Flowers and Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, I'm quite interested to see how he tackles the tired vampire sect of horror that has been tainted by The Twilight Saga. Hopefully having this kind of material in the hands of a unique director like this means we'll get something fresh. It doesn't hurt when you have a cast like this coming together either. Hiddleston had a big year with Thor and Midnight in Paris in 2011, and Swinton, another Oscar snub, has gotten plenty of acclaim for We Need to Talk About Kevin, so it will be great to see all this talent in one film.

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  • peloquin
    This sounds great, they really talked him up prior to the release of War Horse and then he's only in that film for like 20 minutes so I was definitely let down.  He's a fantastic actor and I'd love to see him involved in more projects.
  • Anonymous
    Fassbender dropping out is a downer, but to have Swinton, Hurt and Hiddleston in a film directed by Jarmusch? if it was about shelling peas i'd still watch it for that combination of talent. here's hoping Jarmusch does for vampires what Dead Man did for Westerns. lord knows we need an intriguing and original take on the genre.
  • http://twitter.com/haplessyan yan
    Aw, I was really looking forward to seeing Fassbender play a vampire. No complaints with Hiddleston though. Can't wait to see this.
  • Lebowski
    So they cast this Hiddleston dude because he looks exactly like Tilda Swinton, right? They should probably cast Conan O'Brian as well, the three leads would be indistinguishable from one another. 
    • Someone
      They wanted Fassbender first but he couldn't be in the film. That doesn't mean they are choosing actors of similar faces. And Tom Hiddleston is a talented actor plus he has the looks. It will be amazing to see him as a vampire. Probably revive the vampire myth after what Twilight has done.
  • Mimi
    Do they already know where this is gonna be filmed at? 

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