In 1752, the Collins family sails from Liverpool, England to North America. The son, Barnabas, grows up to be a wealthy playboy in Collinsport, Maine and is the master of Collinwood Manor. He breaks the heart of a witch, Angelique Bouchard, who turns him into a vampire and buries him alive. In 1972, Barnabas is freed and returns to find his manor in ruin. It is occupied by dysfunctional descendants and other residents, all of whom have dark secrets.
- Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins, an 18th century vampire who awakens to the 20th century.
- Eva Green as Angelique Bouchard, a witch whose heart Barnabas breaks.
- Michelle Pfeiffer as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, the family matriarch.
- Jonny Lee Miller as Roger Collins, Elizabeth's "ne'er-do-well" brother.
- Chloë Moretz as Carolyn Stoddard, Elizabeth's rebellious teenage daughter.
- Gulliver McGrath as David Collins, Roger's "precocious" 10-year-old son.
- Helena Bonham Carter as Dr. Julia Hoffman, Elizabeth's hired live-in psychiatrist.
- Jackie Earle Haley as Willie Loomis, the manor's caretaker.
- Bella Heathcote as Victoria Winters, David's governess.
- Sir Christopher Lee as Silas Clarney, a "king of the fishermen who spends a lot of time in the local pub, The Blue Whale.
- Ray Shirley as Mrs. Johnson, Collinwood employer. As the manor's elderly maid.
- Ivan Kaye as Joshua Collins, the father of Barnabas Collins.
- Susana Capellaro as Naomi Collins, the Barnabas' mother.
- Alice Cooper as Himself
- Christopher Lee as Silas Clarney.
- Alice Cooper stated on the BBC One chat show, Lee Mack's All Star Cast, that he would be shooting a small cameo.
At the San Diego Comic-Con 2011, it was also confirmed that four actors from the original series will appear in the film. In June 2011, Jonathan Frid, Lara Parker, David Selby and Kathryn Leigh Scott all spent three days at Pinewood Studios to film cameo appearances.
Dark Shadows is directed by Tim Burton based on a screenplay by Seth Grahame-Smith. In July 2007, Warner Bros. acquired film rights for the gothic soap opera Dark Shadows from the estate of its creator Dan Curtis. Actor Johnny Depp was attached to star in the film. The project's development was delayed by the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike. After the strike was resolved, Tim Burton was attached to direct the film. By 2009, screenwriter John August was writing a screenplay for Dark Shadows. In 2010, author and screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith replaced August in writing the screenplay. Filming began in May 2011. It is taking place entirely in England, both at Pinewood Studios and on location.
- ↑ "Dates Set for Dark Shadows, Journey 2 and Rivals", ComingSoon.net, May 13, 2011.
- ↑ "News on BATMAN 3, SUPERMAN, DARK SHADOWS, and THE HOBBIT (December 2012!) – IMAX and Warner Bros. Sign Up to 20 Picture Deal!", Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub, April 28, 2010.
- ↑ 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 "Filming Begins on Tim Burton's Dark Shadows", ComingSoon.net, May 18, 2011.
- ↑ "Dark Shadows Movie Casts Joshua Collins", Dark Shadows News Page, July 26, 2011.
- ↑ "Tim Burton's "Dark Shadows"", ChristopherLeeWeb, July 9, 2011.
- ↑ "Alice Cooper Confirms Dark Shadows Cameo", Dark Shadows News Page, July 3, 2011.
- ↑ "San Diego Comic-Con 2011: Dark Shadows Panel Highlights; Original Cast Cameos Confirmed for Tim Burton's Dark Shadows Film", Dread Central, July 23, 2011.
- ↑ Fleming, Michael (July 26, 2007). "Depp lights up 'Dark Shadows'". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117969246.
- ↑ Kroll, Justin (February 2, 2011). "'Dark Shadows' ready for the light". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118031422.
- ↑ Siegel, Tatiana (January 21, 2009). "John August to pen 'Preacher' film". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117998904.
- ↑ McNary, Dave (July 15, 2010). "WB moves on Depp's 'Shadow'". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118021794.