As production on Tim Burton's 'Dark Shadows' barrels toward its April start, the solid sea of talent has fallen into place. Of course, star Johnny Depp has been with the project for years, entering the blood-sucking fray in 2007, well before 'Twilight' made vampires an oppressive media phenomenon. After development difficulties, the project got back on track this year, pulling together the likes of Jackie Earle Haley, Eva Green, Bella Heathcote, Michelle Pfieffer and, of course, Helena Bonham Carter, because no Burton production is complete without her.

But now Burton also has a younger Barnabas Collins, and he's the spitting image of a young Johnny Depp. That picture to the right isn't Depp, but rather upcoming 'Prom' star Thomas McDonell.

Deadline reports that McDonell will play a young Barnabas in the film, and that 'Twilight' Volturi head Michael Sheen is in early talks to play Roger (Pfieffer's brother).

Based on the supernatural soap opera that ran in the late '60s, Burton's film version will see Collins as a self-loathing vampire in Maine, on the hunt for his lost love. It's probably not a jump to assume that McDonell will come into play for this part of the story. Heathcote will play a young governess at Collins' estate; Haley will be a con artist manservant; Pfieffer will play the reclusive matriarch; Green gets to be the powerful witch who has a love/hate relationship with the vampire; and Carter will play a blood disorder specialist who wants to remove the vampire's bloodlust.

The 'Dark Shadows' will descend on theaters next year.
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