Care to double dip on Depp?
I joked with a colleague that Johnny Depp’s pale complexion in the first official Lone Ranger shot made Tonto look like Edward Scissorhands, Sweeney Todd or one of the many ghost-faced heroes from Tim Burton’s body of work.
As if to confirm my theory, Burton teased new Dark Shadows images showing his frequent collaborator Depp as Barnabas Collins, a gothic playboy cursed by an evil witch (Eva Green) and forced to deal with his dysfunctional family. And yes, he’s wearing the traditional pale-white makeup that seems to tickle both actor and director. It is their trademark, their visual stamp. (And it might be bleeding over into Gore Verbinski’s Lone Ranger, but I digress.) Here are the three latest images:
Dark Shadows remakes a cult television program that Depp and Burton adored as children. It reunites the director with his Batman Returns Catwoman, Michelle Pfeiffer (also pictured). The image I adore out of the three, though, is the architecture shot of famed Collinswood Manor that will play host to all manner of strange beings. This could be the closest we get to seeing Burton’s take on The Addams Family.
In addition to Depp and Pfeiffer, Shadows finds room for Helena Bonham Carter (of course), Chloe Grace Moretz, Johhny Lee Miller and Jackie Earle Haley. It’s a bit of counterprogramming to the usual summer tentpole picture, reaching theaters on May 11 … one week after the juggernaut that will be The Avengers. Still, when Depp and Burton team up, people tend to be very interested. So far, are you interested in Dark Shadows?