Michelle Pfeiffer in talks to star opposite Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's 'Dark Shadows'

Michelle-PfeifferImage Credit: Dominique Charriau/WireImage.comFinally, some light is being shed on Dark Shadows, director Tim Burton’s long-discussed adaptation of the cult 1960s gothic TV series. EW has confirmed that (as first reported by Deadline) Michelle Pfeiffer is in negotiations for a starring role in the film opposite Johnny Depp, who will play the vampire Barnabas Collins. Pfeiffer, who played Catwoman in Burton’s 1992 Batman Returns, is in talks for the part of Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, the matriarch of the Collins family, and is expected to sign a deal shortly. “It’s certainly moving in that direction,” says a source close to the film.

Rumors are circulating that Helena Bonham Carter will also come on board the project as Dr. Julia Hoffman — which wouldn’t come as a big surprise, considering the actress is Burton’s domestic partner and has appeared in his last six films, most recently as the Red Queen in last year’s Alice in Wonderland. Depp and Burton — who are marking their eighth big-screen collaboration — have talked about adapting the ’60s supernatural soap opera for years. The film will begin shooting in May.

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  • Old Timer

    ok…this sounds great.

  • LOL

    Train wreck.

  • JN

    Pfeiffer’s a pfox. Nice to see her back on the big screen.

  • Flip

    Pfeiffer and Burton together again!?! Holy God, she was amazing as Catwoman! This news excites me very much.

  • Teresa

    I can’t waaaaaaiiiiiit!!!!!!!!

    • Muhd

      You have a few details wrong. First Josette was not eagegnd to anyone other than Barnabas, at least once we enter the 1795 storyline. Before this we learned that she had married Jeremiah but not the exact details of this. We’d been led to believe that she came to Collinwood as Jeremiah’s bride and that Barnabas fell in love with her. But upon entering the storyline we learn that she was eagegnd to Barnabas but through Angelique’s witchcraft she elopes with Jeremiah and they both regret this later on. I don’t think Barnabas and Josette knew each other very well but due to the tragedy their relationship had suffered he idealized her and held her to be the perfect woman, so when he is released into the present day world he wants to find another woman who is similar to her to replace her. Maggie looks like her so he tries to change her into Josette but this doesn’t work because Maggie wants to be herself instead of becoming someone else. He tries with Vicki but Vicki is in love with Burke and later with Jeff/Peter so though over time he comes to love Vicki for herself and not just as a Josette replacement, he can’t have her since she loves another man.Barnabas was not the one on trial for witchcraft in 1840, it was Quentin. Angelique has a part in freeing Quentin and Desmond just as Quentin is fixing to lay his head down on the block. Her testimony was not quite enough to free them but when Desmond shoots Gerard and the head of Judah turns into a skeleton, the judge realizes that Judah had been possessing Gerard and not Quentin. For Angelique’s part in this, Barnabas suddenly decides he loves her and has all along. I am extremely skeptical of this love since he seems to have forgotten all the grief she’d caused him in the past (the destruction of his whole family) and even her recent deeds in 1840, the death of Roxanne by vampirism and being forced by her brother to face daylight and the sufferings of his good friend Julia. Julia, as we know, loved Barnabas and had many times risked her life for him. She had followed him to the past and parallel time to help him and he had finally come to appreciate her and care for her. But he did not love her other than as a friend. It seems the only way we can truly determine who Barnabas’ true love was is by whether the love was mutual or not. With Josette it was mutual, but IMO it lacked depth, they didn’t truly know each other that well. With Maggie and Vicki it was unrequited since they both loved other men. With Angelique for the most part it was unrequited since she loved him but he did not love her. With Roxanne it was mutual but tragedy intervened both in parallel time and in 1840. I feel that these relationships also lacked depth since they didn’t know each other well (not really having time before the tragedy occurred). With Julia it was also unrequited but they did come to know each other very well. I think that after their return to the present, Barnabas and Julia eventually got together but that’s just conjecture on my part.Alondra

  • Flip

    I just got into Dark Shadows this winter and watched the “Volume 12″ dvd. Bonham Carter might be good as Dr. Hoffman as long as they don’t play up a romantic angle between her and Barnabas. The true female lead will be whoever’s playing Victoria Winters.

    • Prunella Von Schleidlhaagen

      Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham-Carter are my favorite actresses so I hope they are both in this (and have scenes together).

      • Hv

        Helena Bonham Carter has already been cast to play Barnabas Collins and her casting is as ingenious a casting Johnny Depp to play Bellatrix LeStrange in Harry Potter was.

      • Prunella Von Schleidlhaagen

        Ok, person who makes no sense

    • Eva

      He wasnn’t romantic with Vicky but he was with Maggie and Angelique. Vicky was the governess. If he was involved with her it was purely a superficial relationship!

    • Eva

      You are so correct. There was nothing good about the role of Hoffman at all!

  • Cass

    Love love love this news =) This movie is gonna be super sweet!!!!

  • Tom

    I’m still waiting fo Dangerous Minds 2.

  • Brandon

    NO NO NO, she would be perfect for Angelique not Elizabeth, heck she’s Johnny’s age give or take a few years. Tim Burton has f-ed up on this one.

    • Lisa Simpson

      She’s 52, which makes her too old for Angelique, but 20 years ago or so she would have been perfect. But who’s going to play Quentin?

      • Brandon

        Johnny as well is far too old to be playing Barnabas, who was suppose to be in his 20’s or possibly 30’s. Johnny IMO would be better suited for Quentin, an unknown should play Barnabas. Michelle is the living definition of Angelique (just watch Batman Returns), Helena Carter is an excellent choice of wild eyed Julia Hoffman.

    • Susan

      yes, I see her as Angelique too, not Elizabeth. She has that passion and intensity about her. She looks young enough to be Angelique to Johnny’s Barnabas. Tim, please reconsider your decision.

    • Theresa

      I agree. Michelle would make a great Angelique. She’s too young to be the Matriarch. I hope Tim Burton recondsiders his choices. Also, the young actress that he selected to play Angelique does not fit Angelique’s character. That actress should play Maggie (aka Josette)

      • Eva

        Angelique wasn’t 52 but 25-30ish. Michelle is too old to play that part.

  • Dan Too

    Michelle Pfeiffer as a matriarch? God, that makes me feel old.

  • dee123

    Great news! She needs to be on the screen more.

  • Tha Phoenix

    I love Tim Burton. I love Johnny Depp. I love Michelle Pfeiffer. As far as I’m concerned, this is Christmas come early.

  • CC

    Always enjoy watching Michelle Pfeiffer. So excited!

  • Frank

    Can’t wait for this movie. I still think she would be perfect as “Angelique” though, but will be happy as long as she is in movie.


    Johnny Depp, Bonham Carter. . . Another roll call for BURTON, as usual – I guess. : )

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    As for MICHELLE PFEIFFER, I’m hoping they both of them could come up with agreeable terms; I’d really like to see her “BACK” again. And I believe, (with) BURTON onboard, who seems always to have golden (M) touch with anything GOTHIC, I could see that possibly happening. So, good luck to her.

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    But make sure PFEIFFER have a good script and running time she deserves, SVP, Monsieur.

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    PS: Thanks, JOSH for a good read.

    • Le HIROSHI

      (Cont.) Glad to see the words “a starring role” in the same sentence with her name.

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