Looks Like Kate Beckinsale Is Done With The Underworld Franchise

Kate Beckinsale in Underworld: Blood Wars
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Kate Beckinsale has maintained her badass action star status since 2003's Underworld, but recently the franchise has received a few blows to the head. The latest entry was 2017's Underworld: Blood Wars, which made a mere $30 million at the box office and was received poorly by audiences, with CinemaBlend's own Mike Reyes pleading Sony to end the franchise while it still can in his review. We definitely wouldn't blame Beckinsale for moving on from vampire death-dealer Selene with the current state of the franchise and contribute her acting talents elsewhere. And that's just what she has planned as she switches to starring in indie endeavors. While promoting her latest drama Farming, Beckinsale was of course asked about her most iconic role and if she was planning on come back. She responded:

I wouldn't return. I've done plenty of those.

Looks like Kate Beckinsale as Selene is no more. While it would have been nice for the franchise end on a high note, not every franchise is given this chance. During her interview with Variety, Beckinsale shared that her career had roots in indie films, and when she found herself on huge posters on the side of every bus, it was quite off-putting. The actress also opened up about how she has worked on big movies that have been the "worst misery" of her life. Of course, we don't know if she was referring to the Underworld franchise or the many other successful projects on her resume, she is clearly happier working in the more low-profile sector of Hollywood. Beckinsale also turned down the opportunity to play Wonder Woman in a mid-2000s cinematic adventure starring the DC heroine. She said she wasn't eager to suit up in a leotard, though she also explained that the script was nowhere near the quality of what Gal Gadot received.

Farming recently premiered at the Toronto Film Festival to high acclaim. It stars Kate Beckinsale as foster mother to a Nigerian-born child who joins a skinhead gang. The film is a passion project for Suicide Squad's Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, who wrote, directed and stars in the movie based on his own childhood. Beckinsale has also found a place on Amazon Prime Video, as she has collaborated on two films exclusively on their platform, Love & Friendship and The Only Living Boy in New York. The actress is also set to star in her first big television show on the upcoming Amazon Prime series, The Widow.

While confirmation of Selene's death (until some sort of reboot likely becomes in the works) is bittersweet, Kate beckinsale is keeping herself busy with some exciting roles that she is passionate about. The star might have put away her arsenal of now, but if the right project comes around, we would love to see Beckinsale kick ass in a film again.

Sarah El-Mahmoud
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