Talking 'Dark Shadows' With The New Johnny Depp, 'Prom' Star Thomas McDonnel

Things finally seem to be moving along nicely for Tim Burton and Johnny Depp's "Dark Shadows" adaptation. They've assembled a fun, high-caliber cast in Depp, Eva Green, Helena Bonham Carter, Michelle Pfeiffer and Chloe Moretz. And now they have up-and-comer/Depp lookalike Thomas McDonell in the mix to play young Barnabas Collins.


When MTV News caught up with McDonnell at the "Prom" junket we tried to pry a few details about the project out of him. And when I say "pry," I mean it. McDonell is a young man of very, very few words. See the video and exchange below for proof.

"We're going to do a lot of rehearsals," McDonell said regarding how he's prepping for the role. "But we've got awhile before we do that."

Yes, I said, but we're excited for it.

"Me too," said McDonell.

How are you preparing to channel Barnabus slash Johnny Depp?

"Going to work on it when I see him," he mumbled. "I don't know, exactly. I don't want to reveal my process."

Nice. Will you be a part of a flashback? Is your role a part of the beginning of the film?

"The film takes place in... it spans a long period of time so there's a lot of ways in which they deal with that."

So how meaty is your role?

"It is a small role, but an interesting one."

Have you been told you look like Johnny Depp before? Is this a fun thing for you?

"Yeah, that's a part about it. We have to look alike because I play a young him."

Have you met him yet?

"We're going to meet each other soon."

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