Variety reports that casting is underway for Tim Burton's Dark Shadows movie, with Australian actress Bella Heathcote in discussions to play the role of heroine Victoria Winters, first portrayed by Alexandra Moltke. Heathcote's previous credits include the films Acolytes and Beneath Hill 60, plus a stint on soap opera Neighbours. Most recently, she has been cast to appear alongside Justin Timberlake in Now.
Interestingly, the character of Victoria is described as "a waitress whom [Barnabas] Collins takes a shine to because of her resemblance to his long-lost love", which if accurate, suggests that this version of Victoria will combine elements of Maggie Evans' character more directly than in previous Dark Shadows remakes.
The same article also confirms that Dark Shadows is slated for a 2012 release and that Christi Dembrowski is working on the film as a producer, alongside the previously announced Richard Zanuck and David Kennedy. To read the full piece, click here.
Elsewhere, on Deadline Hollywood, columnist Mike Fleming says that Jackie Earle Haley is the contender for the role of Barnabas' drifter servant Willie Loomis, originally played by John Karlen. Haley is probably best known for playing Freddy Krueger in the recent remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, along with roles in Shutter Island and the comic book adaptation Watchmen. To read the full article, click here.