Are Chloe Grace Moretz and Michael Sheen in 'Dark Shadows'?

Thursday, 31 March 2011 14:56 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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Are Chloe Grace Moretz and Michael Sheen in 'Dark Shadows'?

Chloe Grace Moretz, the young actress who sliced many an artery as Hit Girl in Kick-Ass, ecstatically mentioned in an interview with MTV News (via Cinemabland) that she, "Just booked a huge new project."  The internet Speculate-O-Tron immediately went into overdrive, with many a fan hypothesizing that the mysterious project must be The Hunger Games, the adaptation of Suzanne Collins' novel.  Moretz was a contender for the lead role in that film, but lost out to Jennifer Lawrence, so speculation centered around supporting characters.  Badass Digest did some sleuthing, however, and discovered that Moretz may, in fact, be referring to Dark Shadows, directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp.

Earlier this week, actor Thomas McDonnell was cast as a younger version of Depp's vampiric character, Barnabas, to appear in flashbacks.  Badass discovered a post on the IMDb message boards predicting that both McDonnell and Moretz would be joining Dark Shadows.  Here's the rub: that post was from two days before the official word on McDonnell's casting (DUN DUN DUN!).  The post also specifically opens with, "Please don't quote me on this," so it's pretty funny that it became ground zero for a firestorm of speculation.

Morertz talked up the cast of her secret project, which would make a lot of sense for Tim Burton's update of the gothic 1960's soap opera centering on the Collins family.  Confirmed so far are Depp, Jackie Earle Haley, Eva Green, and Bella Heathcoate.  Also very likely on board but not yet totally confirmed are Michelle Pfeiffer and Mrs. Burton herself, Helena Bonham Carter.  Several crucial roles have yet to be cast, however.  If Moretz is a part of the ensemble, she'd be playing Carolyn, the daughter of Pfeiffer's matriarch character, Elizabeth. 

According to Badass, Michael Sheen is reading the screenplay, and contemplating taking the role of Elizabeth's brother Roger Collins.  Sheen has played former British Prime Minister Tony Blair in The Queen, as well at the TV movies The Deal and The Special Relationship.  He also starred in Frost/Nixon and The Damned United.  Both Sheen and Moretz have appeared on the NBC series 30 Rock.

Dark Shadows is written by Seth Grahame-Smith, the novelist responsible for 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies'.  Grahame Smith also wrote the screenplay for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, an adaptation his own novel currently shooting under director Timur Bekmambetov and starring Benjamin Walker, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Anthony Mackie.

The Hunger Games, meanwhile, is directed by Seabiscuit and Pleasantville helmer Gary Ross from a script by Billy Ray, who wrote Shattered Glass and Breach.

So do you think Moretz is in Dark Shadows, The Hunger Games, or none of the above?

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