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Kate Beckinsale, star of the "Underworld" franchise, has signed on for a fifth installment of the horror-action series.

Beckinsale is set to reprise her role of the vampiress Selene, who she's played in every film since the series's debut in 2003. The flicks revolve around warring factions of vampires and werewolves.

A director for the as-yet-untitled fifth film has also been announced: Anna Foerster will take the reins, marking the first time that a woman has helmed an installment in the franchise. Foerster previously served as director of photography on Outlander."

According to The Hollywood Reporter, this new "Underworld" film will "focus on a new and younger generation of vampires and werewolves who are locked in a seemingly never-ending battle between supernatural races." "Divergent" star Theo James, who had a small role in 2012's "Underworld: Awakening," will reprise that part for the new film.

Production is expected to get underway this October, and the film will shoot in Prague. No word yet on when it's expected in theaters. Stay tuned.

[via: The Hollywood Reporter]

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