Posted on Tuesday, March 13th, 2012 by Russ Fischer
We’ve been very curious to see the trailer for Tim Burton‘s Dark Shadows, starring Johnny Depp, Eva Green and Michelle Pfeiffer, but despite the film’s opening date being just a couple months away, so far we’ve seen only stills. The first trailer will arrive on Thursday, via a rather unlikely source: The Ellen Degeneres Show. Perhaps Warner Bros. thinks that the best way to debut a look at the updated supernatural soap opera is to do so in a time slot that might have held the original show?
Reglardless, we can’t see the full trailer yet, but an Ellen promo contains the first snippets of footage from the film — we’re talking little more than a few frames — and you can see it below.
There’s not enough there to make a call, but I like those flashes of shots — I’m ready to see more. Being only passingly familiar with the show that this draws from, I’ll have to wait for more footage to even begin to put things into context.
Dark Shadows opens on May 11.
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 Bouchard (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.
[via STYD, which also had the trailer debut news]