First Look: Swinton & Hiddleston as Vampires in 'Only Lovers Left Alive'

January 30, 2013
Source: IndieWire

Only Lovers Left Alive

Initially set up with Michael Fassbender in the lead, director Jim Jarmusch's upcoming vampire film Only Lovers Left Alive eventually found a replacement in everyone's favorite Marvel villain Tom Hiddleston. Oscar winner Tilda Swinton signed on around the same time, and big names like Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, and Anton Yelchin have rounded out the cast. We have high hopes that Jarmusch will be able to breathe life into the worn out vampire romance subgenre, and now Indiewire has a first look photo from the movie that hints at what kind of visuals we can expect from this "crypto-vampire love story."

Here's the full first look photo from Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive, via Indiewire:

Only Lovers Left Alive - First Look

It's interesting that Hiddleston's character seems to be relying on Swinton's in the photo, which could be a nice subversion of the established power dynamic that male vampires seem to have in practically every vampire love story. If anyone can provide an interesting reversal to what we've seen before, it's Jarmusch. He's been developing this movie for years, so we're happy it's finally coming along, and the timing of the release of this photo seems to indicate that the film could premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this May. We'll be sure to keep our eyes peeled for it as the lineup for the festival is announced in the coming months.

Only Lovers Left Alive is written and directed by Jim Jarmusch (who helmed Dead Man, Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai, Broken Flowers, and The Limits of Control previously) and stars Tom Hiddleston as Adam, an underground musician who's deeply depressed by the direction of human activities. He reunites with his centuries-long lover, Eve (Tilda Swinton), but their romance is quickly interrupted by Eve's crazy, tumultuous younger sister Ava. Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, and Anton Yelchin also star, and the film is currently in post-production, might premiere at Cannes this summer and theaters later this year. Well?

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fem!anon on Jan 30, 2013


Hiddleston is sporting a fine Gary Oldman look there!

Jan Hamm on Jan 30, 2013


Jim Jarmusch just turn 60, Happy B-day! Guessing a cross between The Hunger-The Addiction-Innocent Blood ?

David Banner on Jan 30, 2013


...and i will also watch anything with The Swinton in it. she was a highlight as an angel of death in Constantine and i'm sure she'll make a fine vampire. she's got that ethereality and strangeness that Cate Blanchett has. and i would have already switched off on this if it wasn't this cast with this director. hope this is to vampires what Ghost Dog was to mafia films and Dead Man to Westerns

son_et_lumiere on Jan 30, 2013


She was great in Constantine for sure, she's great in everything actually! 🙂

Carpola on Jan 31, 2013



Carpola on Jan 30, 2013


personally I'm excited that John Hurt will be playing vampire Christopher Marlowe

Jessie Riley on Jan 30, 2013


Centuries-long lovers named Adam and Eve? Should be a very interesting take on the vampire genre indeed.

Heidi on Jan 31, 2013

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