Welcome the Next Generation. Screen Gems and Lakeshore Entertainment have formally announced that Underworld 5 will leap from the shadows and into theaters later this year bearing the title Underworld: Blood Wars. Series stalwart Kate Beckinsale returns as Selene, a Death Dealer and a Vampire-Corvinus hybrid, when the long-gestating sequel opens on October 12, 2016.
Steering Screen Gems’ horror sequel toward a theatrical release is director Anna Foerster – best known for helming various episodes of both Criminal Minds and Outlander – and she’ll be overseeing a starry ensemble cast that comprises Tobias Menzies and Sherlock alum Lara Pulver as a formidable Lycan leader and tenacious vampire, respectively. Foerster is no stranger to the blockbuster space, though, having served as director of photography all across Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow and White House Down.
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Elsewhere, there are also roles for the returning Charles Dance (Game of Thrones) as brooding Vampire elder, Thomas, while James Faulkner, Peter Andersson, Clementine Nicholson, Bradley James and Daisy Head are also attached to star.
Filming on Underworld: Blood Wars wrapped in December of last year, and considering that Screen Gems and Lakeshore Entertainment have aligned the sequel for a release in October of 2016, don’t be too surprised if and when the first teaser trailer claws its way online in the coming weeks.