The first trailer for Frankenweenie, one of two Tim Burton films opening this year, hit earlier today and now a few character images from Burton’s take on the popular soap Dark Shadows have gone online. The film centers on a vampire named Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) who is awakened after having been buried for 200 years and must now attempt to integrate with his descendants. The premise sounds eerily fun, but I’m a little surprised that we’ve yet to see a trailer for the film given that it opens in a little over two months. The previous images we’ve seen have carried Burton’s signature touch, and these character images continue along that path. Depp is covered in makeup giving his best “Do I look weird or something?” face and looks to have disappeared into the character, while Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Helena Bonham Carter (surprise!) all look like normal people living in a slightly hyper-realistic world. I’m intrigued by the premise and cast, and I’m really hoping we see a trailer for this one soon so we have a better idea of what to expect from the full film.
Hit the jump to check out the images. The film also stars Chloe Moretz, Jackie Earle Haley, and Jonny Lee Miller. Dark Shadows opens May 11th.
Here’s the official synopsis for Dark Shadows:
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 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 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.