Now that I wrote that defense of reboots, I can’t say anything bad about this without being a total hypocrite, can I? I have backed myself into a corner.
It’s been a whopping two and a half years since the Kate Beckinsale wore tight pleather clothes and kicked ass as the vampire Selene in Underworld: Awakening, and that means it’s time for Hollywood to get its reboot on. We don’t know much about the new film as of yet, just that it’s being co-produced by Gary Lucchesi and Tom Rosenberg, who produced all the previous Underworld movies, and that its writer is Cory Goodman, whose only finished film is the utterly forgettable 2011 Paul-Bettany-Fights-Vampires movie Priest.
It’s also a fair bet that this reboot is the same movie as Underworld: Next Generation, announced back in March, which will likely follow the Selene’s werewolf-vampire hybrid daughter, Eve, played in Awakenings by The Secret Life of the American Teenager‘s India Eisley. There’s no director yet, but original Underworld producer Len Wiseman is co-producing.
All those pesky “facts” out of the way, let’s get around to our questions about the reboot, namely: Who’s going to play the reboot’s Michael Sheen equivalent, aka “Wow, I would not normally be sexually attracted to you, but holy damn, something you’re doing is working for me here.” N O T H I N G about Underworld: Rise of the Lycans should have been remotely acceptable, and yet: Michael Sheen running around as a shirtless, tortured, leather-pants wearing, werewolf action hero?
It’s real flipping weird, yet oddly magnetic at the same time. It’s magnetic. There is no explanation for why he was as hot as he was in those movies. It just is.
(via The Hollywood Reporter)