The 52-year-old Pfeiffer is Tim Burton’s first choice to play Elizabeth Stoddard – the matriarch who has become an outsider in her house since the vanishing of her husband 10 years before – in the vampire project.
Depp will act a vampire named Barnabas Collins, who lives in Maine, and is looking for a lost love while Oscar nominee Helena Bonham Carter is to play Dr .Julia Hoffman – a specialist in both psychology and rare blood diseases – who helps Barnabas heal his thirst for blood. Bonham Carter, who just won the BAFTA, Burton’s leading lady off screen, has starred in Burton-directed films that include Alice in Wonderland and Sweeney Todd. Hoffman’s character was played in the TV series by Grayson Hall.
Pfeiffer’s role of reclusive matriarch of the Collins clan was originated by Joan Bennett in the TV series. And Johnny Depp will be challenged for the same role played so well by Jonathan Frid on the ‘60s gothic soap. As we recently reported, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Hayley and Bella Heathcote have already locked for the role in movie adapted from a TV soap opera – which has an April start.
Michelle is currently filming New Year’s Eve, co-starring Ashton Kutcher and Lea Michele, and Welcome To People alongside Olivia Wilde.
If ‘Catwoman’ signs up she will be working with the ‘Alice In Wonderland’ director for the first time since 1992 Batman Returns, THR said.
The ‘Dark Shadows’ movie is set for release next year. Check out the MTV video below to see what was Johhny forced to tackle.