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Speaking to Fangoria Radio, Ron Perlman has given an update on the status of Bubba Nosferatu, the vampiretastic follow-on from Don Coscarelli‘s Elvis vs. the Mummy gem, Bubba Ho-Tep. Apparently he will have a window into which the shoot may be squeezed, coming right up he wraps the current season of Sons of Anarchy in September. Having spoken to Coscarelli and co-star Paul Giamatti, Perlman seemed confident that they could all work it out in time and get cameras rolling.

Fangoria also let slip the casting of Angus Scrimm as “a Boris Karloff-like horror star who Elvis meets up with in Las Vegas on the set of a vampire movie.” This would be Claude Killgore, who we meet during the flashbacks to the 70s that make up half of the film and, knowing Coscarelli, I already pictured Scrimm in the role when I was reading the screenplay. It’s not a huge role, but it is a fun one and he will get to face off against Perlman as Elvis as ‘Clay Burton’ in the film-within-the-film.

I’m quite torn about the replacement of Bruce Campbell’s Elvis with Ron Perlman. I think they’re both great but… well, it disrupts the ‘completeness’ of the series, for one thing. All the same, now I know that Perlman’s got the gig, I’ve adjusted and I’m keen to see what he does with it. He’s not yet really started preparing, however:

I try to do things one at a time, not to get ahead of myself too much, but I’m sure when the moment arrives, I’ll have plenty of time to immerse myself in the King. He’s a character that I’ve been living with my entire life.

There’s a little tease about a potential third Bubba flick at the end of the second script, and I really wouldn’t want to spoil it for you. So, without the pay off, here’s the setup: Elvis is asked “First mummies, now vampires. I got to keep a close eye on you. What’s next, Elvis, The Wolfman?”

Again, without spoiling anything, the most important word in that quote is Elvis, but I guess you’ll want to wait for the film to find out why.

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