EXCLUSIVE: Michael Sheen Is NOT In Johnny Depp’s ‘Dark Shadows,’ Says The Actor

Despite it’s stop-and-start beginnings, everything we’ve been hearing recently about Johnny Depp and Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows” feature film adaptation sounds like music to our ears. Johnny Depp as Barnabus Collins? Magic. Another Burton and Depp collaboration? Also awesome. Not to mention a cast of excellent players: Eva Green, Helena Bonham Carter, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chloe Grace Moretz, and now up and comer (and Depp lookalike) Thomas McDonell, late of “Prom,” starring as a younger version of Johnny.

Another name that had been thrown into the mix was esteemed and accomplished actor Michael Sheen, rumored to have signed on to play Roger Collins. But MTV News spoke with the actor at the “Midnight in Paris” press junket today and learned that, unfortunately, he will not be appearing in the film.

“I, I, can’t really talk about it,” Sheen said when asked about the project. “I’m not going to be doing it, so…” he trailed off, which totally burst my bubble. I then pretended that since Sheen is not in the film, I was no longer interested in it, which made him laugh.

“I am very excited about it!” he good-naturedly countered, adding, “To see it.”

So now what? There’s still plenty to be excited about. Depp has said that he plans to stay as close to the original material as possible, and that he won’t stray too far from the Barnabus played so famously and expertly by Jonathan Frid on the 1960s gothic soap.

Are you sad to hear that Michael Sheen isn’t in “Dark Shadows”? Who should play Roger Collins? Tell us in the comments or on Twitter!