January 21, 2008

Watanabe joins Vampires


Ken Watanabe has just signed on to join John C. Reilly and Salma Hayek in Universal Pictures new vampire feature Cirque du Freak, based on the bestselling multi-book children's series by Darren Shan.

John C. Reilly will play a vampire who drafts a 14-year-old to serve as his assistant.The youth is turned into a half-vampire and becomes the catalyst in a battle between vampires and the rival Vampanese.

Selma Hayek plays Madame Truska, the bearded lady. Watanabe will portray Mr. Tall, the barker for the Cirque.

Brian Helgeland penned the screenplay, and Paul Weitz is set to direct the film, wich is set to start shooting next month.