Oscars 2011: Helena Bonham Carter Confirms ‘Dark Shadows’ Interest

At long last, Tim Burton and Johnny Depp’s planned adaptation of “Dark Shadows” is finally taking shape.

Depp, who has long been attached to play centuries-old vampire Barnabas Collins, is starting to amass an impressive list of co-stars for his and Burton’s remake of the 1960s gothic soap. Jackie Earle Haley and Eva Green are both on board, and just two weeks ago, we learned that Helena Bonham Carter and Michelle Pfieffer were circling the project as well.

Though her official participation in “Dark Shadows” isn’t fully ironed out yet, Carter confirmed her interest to MTV News on the red carpet of the 83rd Annual Academy Awards last evening (February 27).

“I think I’m going to do it,” she said, “and I think it’s because, well, I’ve never played an alcoholic psychiatrist!”

Without some context, Carter’s reasoning sounds a little weird. But if she joins “Dark Shadows,” she’ll play the hard-drinking shrink Dr. Julia Hoffman, a doctor who specializes in blood disorders—something that comes in handy when she comes into contact with Depp’s Barnabas. But it’s certainly a far cry from the flashier roles she’s used to playing in Burton’s films.

“I thought it was a sexy part he wanted me for, and I’m saying, ’Yeah, I can play the sexy witch,'” she said. “And he said, ’No, you’ve done that. You’re going to play the psychiatrist who’s an alcoholic!'”

“It’s definitely a fun part, so we’ll see,” she added. “And it has a great cast.”

Do you want to see Helena Bonham Carter in “Dark Shadows,” or are you tired of her frequent collaborations with Burton? Tell us what you think in the comments section and on Twitter!