Bella Heathcote (Acolytes) is in early talks for Victoria Winters in Dark Shadows, Tim Burton’s bigscreen adaptation of the 1960s supernatural soap opera opposite Johnny Depp for Warner Bros. Deadline adds that the new Freddy Krueger, Jackie Earle Haley, is also in talks to play “Willie Loomis”.
The original followed the life of vampire Barnabas Collins, played by Depp, and his run-ins with various monsters, ghosts, and supernatural creatures.
Heathcote would play local waitress who Collins takes a shine to because she resembles his long-lost love. As for Haley (Watchmen, A Nightmare on Elm Street), the Loomis role was a pivotal one on the soap. 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.