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OTRC: Michelle Pfeiffer to star in 'Dark Shadows' with Johnny Depp?

Michelle Pfeiffer appears in a promotional photo for the 2007 movie 'Stardust.' (Paramount Pictures)

Michelle Pfeiffer may star alongside Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's new film "Dark Shadows," which is based on a 1960s vampire soap opera.

The 52-year-old actress, who Burton directed in the 1992 movie "Batman Returns," is in talks to play Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, a "reclusive matriarch of the Collins clan," according to Deadline.com. Depp has been confirmed to play the main character, the 200-year-old vampire Barnabas Collins.

Pfeiffer and Burton, who has not commented on the report.

The actress is also known for movies such as "Scarface," Dangerous Minds" and the 2007 film adaptation of Neil Gaiman's fantasy story "Stardust."

Burton directed Depp in "Edward Scissorhands," "Sleepy Hollow," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "Corpse Bride," "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," "Alice in Wonderland."

Others set to star in "Dark Shadows" include Eva Green as the witch Angelique, Jackie Earle Haley as Willie Loomis and Bella Heathcoate as Victoria Winters, one of Collins' love interests. Helena Bonham Carter, Burton's life partner and mother of their two children, may also join the cast, Deadline.com reported.

The movie is set to begin filming in April, preliminary cast lists show. It is set for release in 2012. The original "Dark Shadows" soap opera aired in the United States on ABC between 1966 and 1971.

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