According to Bloody-Disgusting, the Powers That Be have decided that the world needs an “Underworld 3”, even if Kate Beckinsale won’t return for what is expected to be a prequel. Not only will Kate Beckinsale not reprise her Selene character, but the first two film’s director, Len Wiseman (aka Kate Beckinsale’s husband) won’t return as well. Instead, he’ll be replaced by Patrick Tatopoulos, who is apparently a well-known FX man. BD says to expect official announcements for the project in a week or two.
If it’s true that Kate Beckinsale won’t be back for the third go-around, I’m not surprised. It was already a shock that a proper English actress would suit up in a tight black latex bodysuit for a comic booky werewolf/vampire movie in the first place, but when she returned for a sequel? Wow.
Anyways, since the third is supposed to be a prequel, they wouldn’t necessarily need the Selene character back.
Although I have to say, it sure would be nice to see Kate Beckinsale squeeze into that outfit again…