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Johnny Depp in First Official Cast Photo of Tim Burton's 'Dark Shadows'

September 23, 2011 (1:55 am) GMT
In the image, which is inspired by the photo of the original 1960s soap opera, Depp's Barnabas Collins is seen in a Gothic chamber, standing in the middle of his co-stars.

First official photo of Tim Burton's supernatural drama "" has arrived. Presented by Entertainment Weekly, the image features 's Barnabas Collins standing tall in the middle other cast members in a Gothic chamber.

Burton explained that the cast picture is actually inspired by the original image of ABC's 1960s soap opera of the same title. "I remember seeing a group photograph of the cast of the original series. For me it captured the weird 'Dark Shadows' vibe in a single image," he said.

"I had a brief window of opportunity to have our cast present at the same time, the day before principle photography began," Burton added. "We decided to stage similar picture instead of rehearsing, to see if we captured the 'Dark Shadows' feeling."

Meanwhile, Depp shared that he was a big fan of the original opera soap back then when he was at school. He said, "I do remember, very vividly, practically, sprinting home from school in the afternoon to see Jonathan Frid play Barnabas Collins. Even then, at that age, I knew this has got to be weird."

Set to open in U.S. theaters on May 11, 2012, "Dark Shadows" centers on the life of vampire Collins and his run-ins with various monsters, witches, werewolves and ghosts. As seen in the cast image from left to right, Depp was joined by , , , Gulliver McGrath, , Ray Shirley, , and .

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