Jackie Earle Haley and Bella Heathcote joining DARK SHADOWS?

Kristal Bailey

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February 2nd, 2011

Deadline just broke the news that Jackie Earle Haley and Bella Heathcote are in talks to join the Tim Burton horror film adaptation, DARK SHADOWS, which currently has Johnny Depp set to star in as Barnabas Collins.

Based on the 1960s supernatural TV soap opera, it's moody feel mixed with melodrama seems a perfect fit for Johnny Depp and Tim Burton. Bella Heathcote would play the young governess Victoria Winters. Jackie Earle Haley would play Willie Loomis, which was a crucial role on the soap.

Here's what Deadline had to say on the role:

"Loomis is a notorious con artist who comes to Collinwood bent on swindling the reclusive matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard. He winds up living in the mansion and hatches a plan when he observes a portrait of the late Barnabas Collins, who wore some serious bling. Loomis breaks into the mausoleum and pries open Barnabas' coffin expecting to steal jewelry, he's given the shock of his life when he's attacked by the vampire and rendered the servant and whipping boy of the bloodsucker."

Haley recently entered the horror genre as Freddy Krueger in NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. We'll have to wait to see if he's just as frightening as the sidekick.

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