'T3' Star To Get Vicious In 'BloodRayne'

And that's not all: The video-game character will be Playboy's first CGI pictorial.

If Kristanna Loken was tough as the T-X in "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines," she's about to get bloody vicious for her next role.

The 24-year-old actress has signed on for the lead role in "BloodRayne," an upcoming feature film inspired by the popular video game of the same name. The vampire-horror flick will begin shooting in Romania this month, though it's not expected to hit theaters until the latter part of next year, according to a spokesperson for Brightlight Pictures.

The film is set in 18th century Romania, where BloodRayne, a half-human, half-vampire hybrid called a dhampir, must stop her father, Kagan, king of the vampires, from unleashing a plague of bloodsuckers upon the Earth. If Kagan succeeds in casting the world into eternal darkness, all hope for the human race will be lost.

News of the film comes less than three months before "BloodRayne 2," the sequel to the groundbreaking 2002 game, is released for the PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC platforms. Due October 31, "BloodRayne 2" takes place 60 years after the original, which is set in Nazi-era Germany. In a plotline similar to that of the film, Rayne must stop her evil siblings, Kagan's spawn, from creating "the Shroud," a substance that negates the sun's fatal effects on vampires. With new moves, advanced fighting techniques, better graphics, and a greater ability to interact with the environment, players — as Rayne — must prevent the day of the virtually unstoppable vampire from dawning.

Coinciding with the game's release will be the first installment of a BloodRayne comic-book series. And for fans who crave a more intimate look at the foxy heroine, the voluptuous vamp will take it all off in the October issue of Playboy, which hits newsstands in late September. The steamy photos mark the men's magazine's first CGI pictorial.

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