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First Look at Johnny Depp in Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows

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Remember when there was all that chatter about Johnny Depp channelling Michael Jackson for the “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” flick a couple of years back? Yeah?

Whether Billie Jean was his girl or not, Depp never really said if he had beseeched inspiration from the late king of Pop fpr that particular part. Sure did seem like that’s who Willy Wonka was based on though, no? (Particuarly with the monkey in the tree and Iman’s cameo)

Or maybe Depp wasn’t thinking of Jackson at all… and has saved up his Jacko impersonation for this one, “Dark Shadows”.

The first pics of Depp as Barnabas Collins in Tim Burton’s feature film adaptation of the ol’ 60’s TV show are online – and tell me that doesn’t look like Jackson circa ‘Dangerous’!?

Here’s the pics, followed by a synopsis of what’s sure to be one of 2012’s most intereresting films…

In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from Liverpool, England to start a new life in America. But even an ocean was not enough to escape the mysterious curse that has plagued their family. Two decades pass and Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet—or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy…until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Brouchard (Eva Green). A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive.

Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harboring their own dark secrets. Matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer) has called upon live-in psychiatrist, Dr. Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter), to help with her family troubles.

Also residing in the manor is Elizabeth’s ne’er-do-well brother, Roger Collins (Jonny Lee Miller); her rebellious teenage daughter Carolyn Stoddard (Chloe Moretz); and Roger’s precocious 10-year-old son, David Collins (Gulliver McGrath). The mystery extends beyond the family, to caretaker Willie Loomis, played by Jackie Earle Haley, and David’s new nanny, Victoria Winters, played by Bella Heathcote.

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