Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows” casting news is pouring in now. Deadline reports that Bond girl Eva Green will play the role of Angelique, a powerful witch who has a love-hate relationship with Johnny Depp’s vampire Barnabas Collins. They also purport that this would be the lead female role of the film, which would deviate from “Dark Shadows”‘ 1960s soap opera roots, which had the mysterious governess Victoria Winters as the lead female opposite Collins. As we reported yesterday, Aussie newcomer Bella Heathcote was in negotiations to take that role, Jackie Earle Haley negotiating to play Willie Loomis.
First announced four years ago in 2007, Burton and Depp’s longtime passion project, revolving around a centuries old vampire searching for fresh blood and his lost love, Josette, and his many adventures involving ghosts, werewolves, time travel and other weird stuff, has finally begun making solid strides towards becoming a reality, with production now firmly slated to begin this April. Burton told MTV last year, “One of the biggest challenges on [‘Dark Shadows’] is to just capture that weird tone of the show.”
Green made a splash on the indie scene in her feature film debute, “The Dreamers” in 2003, and had a hell of a breakout starring opposite Daniel Craig in the first rebooted James Bond feature, “Casino Royale” in 2006, but as with many Bond girls, seemed to disappear after another potentially high profile franchise role in “The Golden Compass” bombed. 2011 will be a bit of a comeback year for Green as she is set to play iconic sorceress Morgana in Starz’s new series “Camelot” and just debuted her new film “Perfect Sense” at the Sundance Film Festival.