(AP) – Johnny Depp is portraying the undead in his latest movie. With some fake blood on his lips, Depp bites into the role of a wronged vampire who awakens 200 years in the future to discover disco, television and microwaves in “Dark Shadows.”
Depp and director Tim Burton presented footage from their remake of the 1960s TV show Tuesday at CinemaCon, a conference for theater owners in Las Vegas. The preview shows Depp’s character, Barnabas Collins, trying to get acquainted with his modern relatives, who live in his 18th century mansion. They include Michelle Pfeiffer and Chloe Moretz, who plays a bored teenager. Rocker Alice Cooper has a cameo.
Burton said as a boy, he used to race home from school to watch the show. “I wasn’t doing my homework. I was watching this weird TV show,” he said. Burton said he, Depp and Pfeiffer were the only people on set who watched the TV show when it aired from 1966 to 1971.
The film begins in 1760 Liverpool, England, with the Collins family preparing to move to the New World.
The movie is part of Warner Bros. summer lineup. It is slated to be released in May.