Johnny Depp Takes a Bite out of 'Dark Shadows'

by David Weiner 6:00 PM PDT, March 15, 2012
Playing Johnny Depp Takes a Bite out of 'Dark Shadows'

Johnny Depp can cross another dream role off his bucket list: Barnabas Collins, the British playboy-turned-vampire of Dark Shadows. Get a first look at the gothic comedy!

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Based on the supernatural soap opera that ran on ABC from 1966-1971, Dark Shadows once again re-teams Depp with director Tim Burton in a story that begins in 1752. Having relocated from Liverpool to Collinsport, Maine, Barnabas grows up to be rich and powerful, the master of Collinwood Manor. But when he breaks the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green), the witch turns him into a vampire and buries him alive.

Two centuries later, Barnabas is freed from his tomb, only to find his once grand estate in shambles. Can he survive in the very different world of 1972 with a dysfunctional family, each harboring their own dark secrets?

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Playing the Collins family are Michelle Pfeiffer as matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard; Chloe Moretz as her rebellious teen daughter Carolyn Stoddard; Jonny Lee Miller as Elizabeth's good-for-nothing brother, Roger Collins; and Gulliver McGrath as Roger's precocious 10-year-old son, David Collins. Also hanging around the manor are David's new nanny, Victoria Winters (Bella Heathcote); Elizabeth's live-in psychiatrist, Dr. Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter); and caretaker Willie Loomis (Jackie Earle Haley).

Dark Shadows rises in theaters May 11.