Johnny Depp gets Dark Shadows

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Based on the 1966–1971 gothic soap opera of the same name, this supernatural dramedy film is directed by Tim Burton and stars Johnny Depp as a 200-year-old vampire by the name of Barnabas Collins. After being imprisoned in an underground tomb, Collins is accidentally freed and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection. Michelle Pfeiffer plays the role of Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, Barnabas' cousin and the reclusive matriarch of the Collins family.
November 5th, 2010

Johnny Depp has signed up to star in 'Dark Shadows'.

The 'Pirates of the Caribbean' actor has been signed up by long-time collaborator Tim Burton to work on the vampire project, an adaptation of a TV soap opera.

The movie has been in the works for three years, and Warner Bros. has finally given the green light for the project to begin shooting in April, Heat Vision Blog reports.

Depp, 47, will play a vampire named Barnabas Collins, who lives in Maine, and is searching for a lost love.

Richard Zanuck, Christi Dembrowski and Graham King are to produce the film, which has been written by Seth Grahame-Smith and John August.

The casting news may be bad news for 'Snow White and the Huntsman', in which Depp was asked to play the role of huntsman, as the movie is planned to go into production around the same time.

Tom Hardy had already turned down the opportunity to star in the fairytale reimagining due to schedule clashes.