Helena Bonham Carter tempted by Burtons Dark Shadows

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She may have just bagged a BAFTA, and been nominated for another Academy Award (both for The King’s Speech ), but Helena Bonham Carter’s still not above working with her hubbie.

The actress, who’s appeared in just about every Burton film since 2001’s Planet Of The Apes, has entered into talks to play Hoffman in Dark Shadows.

Adapted from the gothic ‘60s soap opera about the inhabitants of a rundown mansion, Hoffman is a psychologist who specialises in rare blood disorders.

The film would also reunite Carter with her frequent co-star Johnny Depp, who plays vampire Barnabas – whom Hoffman attempts to cure of his thirst for blood.

Meanwhile, Michelle Pfeiffer is also negotiating to join the cast, and would play Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, the matriarch of the Collins family who’s not left the mansion since the disappearance of her husband a decade ago.

Pfeiffer, of course, pitched up memorably as Catwoman in Burton’s 1992 Batman Returns . Which is making Dark Shadows into a proper family affair.

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