If you’re onto a good thing – stick with it. That’s obviously how Johnny Depp and Director Tim Burton feel about working together. Their latest movie – and eighth collaboration – is called Dark Shadows and the first trailer has just been released. It looks like the usual Burton brilliance…with Johnny’s character Barnabas Collins resembling the offbeat Ed Wood with a dash of The Corpse Bride.
Dark Shadows is a vampire film – but we all know the other side is in no better hands than when Mr Burton is calling the shots. It’s very loosely based on a gothic soap opera of the same name which ran from 1966 to 1971. The movie is set in 1972. Depp is a 200 year old blood sucker who’s out of time and out of his depth. Think an 18th century vampire in the lurid 1970s!
There’s the usual cast of Tim Burton players like partner Helena Bonham Carter..and then new recruits Michelle Pfeiffer as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, Jonny Lee Miller and Eva Green. There’s also an Alice Cooper cameo to look forward to.
It’s been a couple of years since Depp and Burton teamed up. The last venture was the wildly successful Alice In Wonderland so big things are expected from Dark Shadows. The pair have a lot to live up to after other hits like Edward Scissorhands and the Oscar nominated Sweeney Todd… I can’t wait til it opens on May 11.
So – if you dare – watch the trailer and see the pale faced Mr Depp in action for the first time…