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Just when I’m ready to wave the white flag on vampire movies, to declare that Fright Night remakes, Twilight sagas and full seasons of True Blood have exhausted my thirst for undead stories, Jim Jarmusch goes ahead and reveals he’ll be making a vampire film with Tilda Swinton, John Hurt and Mia Wasikowska. Seriously, that thing can’t reach theaters soon enough.
Unfortunatelly, Jarmusch won’t begin shooting Only Loves Left Alive until later this year, according to a report in The Hollywood Reporter, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t news aplenty swirling around the centuries-old love story between two vamps. For instance, War Horse star Tom Hiddleston joined the ensemble in a role originally intended for Michael Fassbender. Losing Fassbender hurts virtually any project, but Hiddleston’s a sizable talent, and that cast is dreamy, no matter what.
Either way, Jarmusch’s esoteric approach to storytelling should juice up a genre that has been played almost every way. Look on Hollywood’s horizon and you’ll see we’ve resorted to pitting classic historic figures against blood-sucking creatures of the night in order to find fresh ways to explore the vampire mythology. Knowing Jarmusch, he’ll find more to say about romance and affairs of the heart through Left Alive, and the fact that his protagonists are vamps will be a minor consequence for the real messages he wants to convey.
Swinton, as you probably know, previously worked with Jarmusch on his last two films, Broken Flowers and The Limits of Control. Hurt currently can be seen in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Wasikowska reportedly had been offered the lead in Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake. And Hiddleston has a major role in Joss Whedon’s summer blockbuster, The Avengers.