First Look Of Johnny Depp As A Vampire On ‘Dark Shadows’ Set

Posted Wednesday, September 14th, 2011 09:31 am GMT -4 by

Johnny Depp is not afraid to take on eclectic roles and when he’s teamed up with director Tim Burton, you never know what to expect. Depp has been a mad scientist’s creation, the host of a wild tea party, a homicidal barber and now…a vampire?

Burton and Depp have teamed up once again for a big screen adaptation of the 1960’s soap opera ‘Dark Shadows.’ Depp plays the lead role of Barnabas Collins who becomes a vampire after he breaks the heart of a witch.

While on location in England, photographers were able to get the first pictures of Depp in heavy make-up as the playboy vampire causing some to wonder if this is truly how he is to going to look in the film. But since he is playing a vampire, maybe all the makeup is to protect him so he doesn’t burn up while in the sun? You can decide. His lovely companion is actress Bella Heathcote who plays Victoria Winters.

The screen play of ‘Dark Shadows was written by Seth Brahame-Smith who is better known for his novels ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ and ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’. Also working on the movie is composer Danny Elfman whose style of music seems to go hand in hand with Tim Burton’s movie style. In the past, Burton has said that this adaptation would be a funny, campy take on the soap opera so that may explain Depp’s look. What do you think?

‘Dark Shadows’ is set to be released in May 2012 and stars  Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham-Carter, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green, Chloe Moretz and Jackie Earle Haley.

  • DRL

    If this “reimagining” is going to be along the lines of the treatment the Stepford Wives remake got as a pseudo comedy they should say so plainly & not keep people guessing. As far as legit DS remakes that wouldn’t have killed Dan (RIP), Ben Cross had the last one nailed.

  • Macsafeplace

    Campy, funny . . . . No thanks.

    • Oh god I think we have another Willy Wonka heading our way.

    • Anonymous

      I’m still on the fence. I’m a little biased as I did like the reboot that was done in the early 90′s. I do like Tim Burton’s style and Danny Elfman’s scores but these pictures can be a little off putting.

  • Anonymous

    I’m still on the fence. I like to try to keep an open mind but I really liked the remake that was done in the early 90′s. I do like Tim Burton’s style and Danny Elfman scores but the photos of Johnny Depp can be a little off putting. I’ll be keeping an eye on this story!

  • I’m not really a big Johnny Depp fan, just a few of his movies. This one, he looks ridiculous!

  • No thank you. Since the horrid ‘Planet of the Apes’, Tim Burton has just gone downhill (except for the fluke that was ‘Sleepy Hollow’). Every time I hear he’s on a movie, my hopes get up only to be smashed down again. No sir! I think I’ll just skip out and choose to remember the original Dark Shadows that wasn’t “funny and campy”. Now… ‘Frankenweenie’… that’s another story. :P 

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