Sunday, July 3, 2011

Pics Of The 'Dark Shadows' Set Surface And Alice Cooper Confirms Cameo

Filming of Tim Burton's Dark Shadows - starring Johnny Depp and (surprise) Helena Bonham Carter - is underway at Pinewood Studios in England.  Today some pictures of Collinwood Manor hit the interwebs thanks to fanpop!.  Take the jump to check them out.

Dark Shadows is based on a popular daytime soap opera that aired on ABC from the 1966 to 1971.  The official synopsis of the movie from Warner Brothers does intrigue me:

"In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from Liverpool, England to start a new life in America. But even an ocean was not enough to escape the mysterious curse that has plagued their family. Two decades pass and Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet--or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy...until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Brouchard (Eva Green). A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive.

Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harboring their own dark secrets. Matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer) has called upon live-in psychiatrist, Dr. Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter), to help with her family troubles.

Also residing in the manor is Elizabeth's ne'er-do-well brother, Roger Collins (Jonny Lee Miller); her rebellious teenage daughter Carolyn Stoddard (Chloe Moretz); and Roger's precocious 10-year-old son, David Collins (Gulliver McGrath). The mystery extends beyond the family, to caretaker Willie Loomis, played by Jackie Earle Haley, and David's new nanny, Victoria Winters, played by Bella Heathcote."

In other Dark Shadows news, today we also found out that Alice Cooper will be shooting a cameo in the movie.  During an appearance on BBC One's Lee Mack All Star Cast, Alice confirmed that this was happening.  At the time of this interview he didn't know anything about who he would be playing.

Dark Shadows is set for a May 2012 release.

What say you?

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Source: fanpop!, Dark Shadows News

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