‘Underworld: Awakening’ Pushes Boundaries, Stars Say

Kate Beckinsale and cast newbies talk about flick's 'nonstop' action.

After the international success of the three previous “Underworld” films, it makes sense that everyone involved would be back for a fourth installment — all those whose characters weren’t killed off, that is. This week brings us a bright and shiny new chapter in the ongoing war between the vampires and lycans: “Underworld: Awakening.” The film essentially picks up after the events in “Underworld: Evolution” and has added several new elements and characters.

“The Underworld is now not so much ‘under’ anymore,” star Kate Beckinsale told MTV News during the recent press day. “Humans are aware of vampires and werewolves. I wake up to find that I’ve been in some kind of coma for 12 years, and everything is different. As I’m discovering what’s different about the world, the audience is on the same page with me, and then it turns out I had a daughter who’s now 12, and that’s pretty insane for my character.”

Newcomer Theo James, an up-and-coming English actor who plays a young and rebellious vampire named David, explained, “We’re pushing the boundaries a bit. You have a lot more characters, and it’s bigger. It’s 90 minutes that doesn’t really stop.”

India Eisley, a new castmember who plays Selene’s newly discovered daughter, agreed: “It’s nonstop, back-to-back-to-back action.”

Michael Ealy revealed, “What’s new and different is that the movie is shot in 3-D, and for the first time, there is a human component,” not-so-subtly pointing to himself, indicating that he was referring to his character. “I don’t want to spoil it, but it’s the first human component in the franchise’s history,” he said with a smile.

Ealy went on to say that if there is a fifth “Underworld” film, and he ends up in it, he hopes his human character doesn’t stay that way for long. “I want to get bit!” he said.

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