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If there’s one thing a Tim Burton film always has, besides inexplicable eccentricities, it’s a powerful cast. His big break came when he directed Paul Reubens in Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, based on one of the most popular kids shows at the time, and he’s been working with huge names like Johnny Depp, Michael Keaton, Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin ever since.
He’s continuing that trend in a major way with his next feature film Dark Shadows, an adaptation of the 1960s supernatural soap opera. Aside from Depp, Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer, chameleon Michael Sheen, and Jackie Earle Haley who have already signed on to the film, this week Burton added probably the biggest under-16 star, Chloe Grace Moretz, to the impressive cast that just keeps growing and growing.
Moretz just wrapped up Hugo Cabret with legend Martin Scorsese and is in production on Hick with Alec Baldwin and Blake Lively. Not that we haven’t already been seeing a lot of Moretz, she even appeared on NBC’s 30 Rock a few weeks ago, but it’s safe to say she won’t be going anywhere for a while and that’s alright with me.
Dark Shadows goes into production later this month (moved from its original January start date) and without a doubt is a perfect fit for Burton and Johnny Depp, who has been trying to usher this project to the big screen for quite some time. Described as being “vividly melodramatic”, Shadows should be a perfect fit for the cast as well as Burton whose films always have an over-the-top flare to them. Even the original score has been called “overly adventurous” which plays perfectly into the style of Danny Elfman who will undoubtedly score Burton’s film once again. Expect big, big fun from Dark Shadows upon its release next year.