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It looks like Tim Burton’s adaptation of “Dark Shadows”, the gothic British horror soap opera from the 1960s, is about to get a few new additions to the cast. Jackie Earle Haley and Bella Heathcoate are both reportedly in talks to join Johnny Depp’s Barnabas Collins, a role Depp has dreamed of playing for years.
Haley, who recently played Freddy Krueger in “The Nightmare on Elm Street” remake, will play Willie Loomis, a pivotal role on the original series.
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. The Loomis role was played by James Hall and later John Karlen in the original soap.
Heathcoate, who was one of the names in the running for “Snow White and the Huntsman”, “is the choice to play Victoria Winters, the young governess of the Collins estate,” a role originally played by Alexandra Moltke.