Chloe Moretz joins Dark Shadows

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Based on the 1966–1971 gothic soap opera of the same name, this supernatural dramedy film is directed by Tim Burton and stars Johnny Depp as a 200-year-old vampire by the name of Barnabas Collins. After being imprisoned in an underground tomb, Collins is accidentally freed and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection. Michelle Pfeiffer plays the role of Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, Barnabas' cousin and the reclusive matriarch of the Collins family.
April 1st, 2011

Chloe Moretz is set to join the cast of 'Dark Shadows'.

The 'Kick-Ass' actress - who recently completed filming on Martin Scorsese's forthcoming project 'Hugo Cabret' - will play Carolyn in the Tim Burton-directed movie based on the 60s TV soap.

Michelle Pfeiffer will play her mother Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, while Johnny Depp is on for the lead role of vampire Barnabas Collins.

Tim's long-term partner Helena Bonham Carter is also involved in the project as Dr. Julia Hoffman, a woman who helps Barnabas - who is searching for a lost love - secure his thirst for blood.

Seth Grahame-Smith and John August have written the script for the movie, which it is thought will begin shooting soon.

Speaking about the movie recently, Johnny confessed it will be "in keeping" with the original TV series.

He said: "I'm very excited to film it. You know, it's something that Tim and I have talked about for a number of years because we were both fans. As kids, you know, you run home at 3 o'clock in the afternoon to go watch this gothic soap opera on television with vampires and everything.

"So our version, I guess, there's something that's very interesting coming from the screenplay and from the talks that Tim and I have had which is it retains that sort of bizarre distance that everyone has with one another in terms of the characters.

"Maybe Barnabus, in this version, is maybe a little bit more, maybe waxes a little more poetic now and again, you know? But it's definitely in keeping with the original series."