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Depp sinks teeth into 'Dark Shadows' role

Actor Johnny Depp at a photo call for

Actor Johnny Depp at a photo call for his film, "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" at the Cannes Film Festival. (May 14, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

For those  who remember running home from school in the 1960s and '70s to watch the soap opera, "Dark Shadows,"  there's a film version on the way with actor Johnny Depp starring as the vampire, Barnabas Collins.

The website has just released first photos from the set of Tim Burton's "Dark Shadows" adaptation. Johnny Depp looks like a typical, creepy, colorful, Burton character as he takes his turn as Barnabas, famously played in the television series by actor Jonathan Frid.

The soap opera, which aired on ABC from 1966 to 1971, is centered around the Collins family and its run-ins with the supernatural and Halloween-like creatures.

The film, set to be released in 2012, is currently in production in the United Kingdom and will also star Burton's wife and muse, Helena Bonham Carter, Chloe Moretz, Eva Green and Michelle Pfeiffer.

The official film synopsis from Warner Bros. Pictures reads:

"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 the family. Two decades pass and Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet -- or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine.

As 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 Bouchard (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 his or her 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."


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