Four delightful actors have joined the cast of Amy Heckerling’s vampire-romantic-comedy Vamps. The film stars Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter (She’s Out of My League) as a pair of vampires enjoying the New York nightlife until “love enters the picture and each has to make a choice that will jeopardize their immortality.” Sigourney Weaver also stars as the vampire queen Cisserus.
The gents joining the movie are Wallace Shawn as Dr. Van Helsing, a well-known vampire expert and hunter; Justin Kirk (Weeds) as Vadim, a Russian vampire always on the prowl for a good time; Dan Stevens (The Turn of the Screw) as Joey Van Helsing, a college student smitten with Stacy (Ritter) and; and Barry (The Wrestler) will portray Ivan, loyal assistant of blood-thirsty vampire Cisserus’ (Weaver). I repeat: Wallace Shawn is Van Helsing. I must see this movie now. Hit the jump for the full press release.
Here’s the press release:
WALLACE SHAWN, JUSTIN KIRK, DAN STEVENS AND TODD BARRY JOIN ALICIA SILVERSTONE AND KRYSTEN RITTER IN “VAMPS”
NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 02, 2010 – Red Hour Films, Lauren Versel and Maria Teresa Arida of Lucky Monkey Pictures and Molly Hassell announced today that Wallace Shawn, Justin Kirk, Dan Stevens and Todd Barry have joined the cast of writer/director Amy Heckerling’s new feature film VAMPS. Written and to be directed by Heckerling, VAMPS tells the modern day tale of two young beautiful female vampires (Alicia Silvestone, Krysten Ritter) living the good nightlife in New York until love enters the picture and each has to make a choice that will jeopardize her immortality. Filming begins this week in Detroit, Michigan.
The actors join the previously announced cast, Alicia Silverstone, Krysten Ritter, Sigourney Weaver, Richard Lewis and Kristen Johnston.
Shawn will portray Dr. Van Helsing, a well-known vampire expert and hunter; Kirk will portray Vadim, a Russian vampire always on the prowl for a good time; Stevens will portray Joey Van Helsing, a college student smitten with Stacy (Ritter) and; Barry will portray Ivan, blood-thirsty vampire Cisserus’ (Weaver) loyal assistant.
Shawn is represented by Christopher Black and Stone Manner Salners; Kirk is represented by Management 360 and United Talent Agency; Stevens is represented by Julian Belfrage Associates and; Barry is managed by 3 Arts Management.
VAMPS is produced by Red Hour Films (“Tropic Thunder,” “Blades of Glory,” “Dodgeball”), Lucky Monkey Pictures Lauren Versel and Maria Teresa Arida (this summer’s breakout hit “City Island”) and Molly Hassell (Sundance Award Winning “Big River Man”). Executive Producers include Julie Kroll.
Heckerling shot to fame directing “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” for Universal followed by the box office hits “Look Who’s Talking,” “Look Who’s Talking Too” and “Clueless.”
Foreign sales are being handled by Lisa Wilson, President of Distribution, Parlay Films LLC, which is a GK Films affiliate.