Helena Bonham Carter And Michelle Pfeiffer Join 'Dark Shadows'

Dark ShadowsAfter spending years in development, "Dark Shadows" is finally taking shape. Not only is longtime Tim Burton collaborator Johnny Depp on board for the lead role of 200-year-old vampire Barnabas Collins, but a slew of other actors – Jackie Earle Haley and Eva Green, to name a few – have also joined the fray.

Now, two more names are hopping aboard Burton's adaptation of the 1960s gothic soap, and they're familiar ones. Helena Bonham Carter, Burton's partner and a regular presence in the director's recent string of films, is confirmed for a role in "Dark Shadows."

That news shouldn't come as much of a surprise. No, it's the other name that's considerably less expected: "Batman Returns" actress Michelle Pfeiffer is reuniting with Burton for the movie as well.

Deadline reports the casting, stating that Pfeiffer has been locked in for the role of Elizabeth Collins Stoddard. She is the matriarch of the Collins clan and the owner of Collinwood mansion, where much of the action of "Dark Shadows" takes place.

Carter, meanwhile, is "in line" to play Dr. Julia Hoffman, a psychologist who specializes in rare blood disorders. After moving to Collinwood, Hoffman initially poses a threat towards the vampire Barnabas, but the two eventually reconcile their differences as she searches for a way to cure his bloodlust.

Some might roll their eyes at the thought of yet another Burton-Carter collaboration, but with the phenomenal Pfeiffer joining an already impressive cast lineup, we're certainly willing to give both of them the benefit of the doubt on this one.

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