Set pics of Johnny Depp on the set of Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows have hit the interwebz.
Let’s see here, pale skin (check) excessive makeup (check), unconventional hairstyle (check)…yep, this is a Burton/Depp joint.
Does Burton have some incriminating evidence on Depp, or does he just get off parading him in one outlandish costume after another?
Anyway, is this Ziggy Stardust, Ledger/Joker, Michael Jackson motif how Depp will look as vampire Barnabas Collins throughout the whole film? My guess is no. Clearly, this is a scene being shot in daylight. Depps character must be wearing Ozzy specs and ICP makeup to block the sunlight. Regardless, I think it’s safe to assume we’re not gonna get a vampire that is handsome, dangerous, or seductive.
Based off a television series that aired in the 1960′s through the 70′s, Dark Shadows will star Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham (real surprise there) Carter, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller, Bella Heathcote, Chloe Moretz, and Gulliver McGrath
I dunno what’s more convoluted, Depp’s attire or the plot. Here’s the long official synopsis for the film, which opens on May 11, 2012:
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 Brouchard (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.