Introducing The New Dark Shadows Cast

The cast of Tim Burton's Dark Shadows have made their online debut. Johnny Depp headlines the eerie supernatural drama that's based on the former ABC soap of the same name.

Dark Shadows Partial Michelle and Jonny Lee

Once again, Johnny Depp has completely transformed himself for a Tim Burton film. The talented actor takes center stage in the director's big screen adaptation of Dark Shadows. Warner Bros. has released an official cast portrait that features all the film's major players including Helena Bonham Carter and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Tim Burton told Entertainment Weekly, "I remember seeing a group photograph of the cast of the original series. For me it captured the weird Dark Shadows vibe in a single image. I had a brief window of opportunity to have our cast present at the same time, the day before principle photography began. We decided to stage a similar picture instead of rehearsing, to see if we captured the Dark Shadows feeling."

Dark Shadows was a soap opera that ran on the ABC network from 1966 - 1971. The series centered on the supernatural drama surrounding a vampire named Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid). It told stories of werewolves, witches, zombies, warlocks, parallel universes and more. After its cancellation, it went on to become a cult favorite and even spawned a shortlived NBC reboot in 1991 that featured Ben Cross, Joanna Going and a young Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

In Burton's version, Depp will tackle the role of Collins, a character he claims to have worshipped as a child. The premise will center on the vampire's return to the living after being in a coffin for 200 years.

Here's the full cast photo of the new Dark Shadows cast below:

Dark Shadows Full Cast Photo

(L - R) Helena Bonham Carter, Chloe Moretz, Eva Green, Gulliver McGrath, Bella Heathcote, Johnny Depp, Ray Shirley, Jackie Earle Haley, Johnny Lee Miller, Michelle Pfeiffer.

Dark Shadows is scheduled to hit theaters May 11.

Image credit: Leah Gallo

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Comments on "First official look at the creepy cast of Dark Shadows"

donna emery September 25, 2011 | 8:27 AM

FINALLY !!! I watched Dark Shadows as a child. Johnny Depp is my favorite actor. He puts so much into all his roles, he will make a great barnabus collins. Best of luck to cast and crew on a production long time coming.

Andrew Bayuk September 24, 2011 | 7:11 AM

I trust that the movie will portray Barnabas along the spirit of his original character. Being another of the generation to run home from school to watch the original series, we all have a certain reverence for the character of Barnabas. One of the main fascinations for him arises from his being a true human underneath the monster, and indeed his evolution in Dark Shadows brings him from a monster unleashed to a sympathetic protagonist. The audiences begins by fearing and loathing him to rooting for him. After several remakes of Dark Shadows and 2 full length movies it would be unnecessary to make another clone of the series so it will be refreshing to get Tim Burton's unique vision adding a new dimension to the story. My own appreciation of Barnabas caused my to write a song about him that captures his complexity and inner struggle, with his hope for personal redemption. You can hear a rough draft along with accompanying footage from the original series here:

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