shunji iwai

No, literally, the name of the movie is 'Vampire', --at least, that's the working title so far. The Japanese indie film director, Shunji Iwai, is putting together a vampire movie with a bunch of actors that most of us probably haven't even taken the time to wonder about. But, on the other hand, at least most of them are actors we've heard of, --not that new, unheard of actors are a bad thing. We just prefer people who know what they're doing when it comes to vampire movies, --the vampire role is something you don't want to gamble on. It takes a 'real character' to make a character real.

Nippon Cinema has a few more details about the upcoming film:

"Back in March, it was announced that Japanese director Shunji Iwai (All About Lily Chou-Chou, Hana and Alice) would be directing an English-language vampire film. The film starting shooting in Vancouver last week, and a new round of western cast members have been announced.

It was previously known that Kevin Zegers would star in the film alongside Amanda Plummer and Japanese star Yu Aoi.  The newly-announced additions include Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider), Rachael Leigh Cook (She’s All That), Kristin Kreuk (Smallville), Adelaide Clemens (X-Men: Origins), and Trevor Morgan (Mean Creek).

Zegers will star as a schoolteacher who craves human blood and seeks out suicidal women to become his victims/lovers.

Yesterday, JustJared.com confirmed that the previously untitled film is now officially titled Vampire. So yeah, you can see what took them so long; creative inspiration can sometimes be an elusive mistress."

Well, --the concept, if not the title, sounds pretty interesting. A sensitive vampire who prefers suicidal women, --but not too sensitive. He's obviously still killing them. Or giving them a new life, --or just giving them a taste of death, as Lestat would say, circa 1994 Tom Cruise. In any case, it's going to be fabulous to see a new vampire movie out there; not just some re-make, or a book brought to the big screen. I'm excited, but admittedly, a little hesitant to jump on board.

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Ashley writes for Vampires.com, Werewolves.com, and other sites in the Darksites Network. She\'s involved in several seedy and disreputable activities, smokes too much, and spends her late nights procrastinating for work on her first novel.