Full details for next month's Dark Shadows release, The Darkest Shadow, can now be revealed.
Written by Nev Fountain, writer of the award-winning The Eternal Actress, The Darkest Shadow sees the return of immortal, star-crossed lovers Quentin Collins and Amanda Harris. Quentin is played by David Selby who voices Commissioner Gordon in the animated series Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and who recently starred in The Social Network. Amanda is played by Tony Award-winning Donna McKechnie, who has recently toured the US and the UK with her one-woman show Same Place: Another Time.
The Darkest Shadow sees Amanda being cast in a feature film that seems to be based on her own life and the events that took place in the mysterious house of Collinwood over fifty years before.
As well as guest-starring Jan Chappell (Blakes 7), Denise Nickerson (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory) and Alexander Vlahos as Dorian Gray, we can now announce that Wally Wingert will be playing Norman Cope. Wally is a prolific American actor who has voiced characters in Rugrats, The Garfield Show and Family Guy. The Darkest Shadow also stars Richard Halpern as the artist Andy Warhol. Richard Crowest, Walles Hamonde, Zeynep Sandi, Jamie Zubairi, Emma Carter and Ross McNamara complete the line-up.
A teaser trailer, the cover, full cast list, behind-the-scenes photographs and pre-order link are now available here. Although the story is 120 minutes long, it's available to buy at the price of a single-disc story – just £9.99.
“It's a brilliant script,” says co-producer Joseph Lidster. “With it being by Nev, It's obviously very clever and funny, but it's also incredibly moving. It's a big budget feature-length version of Dark Shadows and with Nev's imagination being what it is, we decided that the story would need to be told over two discs but still sold for the price of a single-disc release!”
Dark Shadows (1966 - 1971) was a US TV series which told the story of the cursed Collins family. Set in the town of Collinsport, it featured witches, vampires, werewolves and warlocks plotting and scheming against each other. It was recently remade as a film starring Johnny Depp.
In September, producer Philip Hinchcliffe returns to Doctor Who with his leading actors Tom Baker and Louise Jameson to tell brand new audio stories.