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February 28, 2008

Kate Beckinsale Finished With Underworld

— Posted by John Campea

Beckinsale-Underworld-DoneUnderworld is an interesting franchise. It has everything going for it… a fantastic visual style, a wonderful background mythology, terrific fashion, a drop dead hottie in the lead (who doesn’t love Kate Beckinsale in tight leather?), a high geek appeal factor (who doesn’t like to see Werewolves fighting Vampires?) and very solid characters. The problem with the Underworld films to this point has been execution. The first film didn’t live up to its potential, but was still pretty good and showed great promise for further installments… however… Underworld 2 was a garbage pile with a great and mighty stench.

Underworld 3 is already underway, and I quite excited about it. Why? Because they seem to be righting the ship and playing to the franchises strengths for the third one. This one will be a prequel set way back in the day before Selene (Beckinsale) became a vampire and left her co-star boyfriend for the director. Oh wait… that was real life. Anyway…

A new Underworld movie with Viktor as the main character is EXACTLY what I want to see. Viktor is the best vampire character I’ve even seen in a film… or at least my favorite. Viktor (played by the always amazing Bill Nighy) embodies everything that is positive in the Underworld series (aside from tight leather).

Anyway, at a recent press conference for another one of her films, Beckinsale was asked if she’ll be making any sort of cameo in the next Underworld film, or if she’ll be returning to the role later on. Our friends over at IESB have her response:

Beckinsale did offer that she’d like to maybe one day “pull a Bruce Willis” and return to her character at 50. (How a vampire gets to 50, I have no idea.) But unfortunately for fans, there’s no cameo appearance in the upcoming third film

So basically, what’s she’s saying is that she’s finished with the Underworld series. And that’s fine. I loved her in the role… but the real potential strength of Underworld is in the mythology… and if they play that part right, the franchise can be just fine without her.

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  • Dave

    Without Kate it isn’t the same. She is prettier than that new girl and acts better than her. That new ones accent makes it hard to understand her. It’s like when they try to re-make old TV shows. Not the same……

  • http://www.themovieblog.com Francis

    I’ve watched all the underworld movies and there is nothing wrong about the prequel. What i’m trying to look forward to is the story about Michael and where did there hybrid race originate. In part 1 it was shown that Michael was a descendant of one of the elders in which i forgot the name. If Michael was a hybrid and more powerful than either a werewolf and a vampire. Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could see an elderly vampire turns into a hybrid from the drop of blood coming from a werewolf in part 1?

  • margo

    They must continue the story with Selene and Michael and the now new hybrid race. Resurect Lucian and Marcus and Viktor. And I can say for myself that putting in another actress for Selene will ruin the movie.

  • MadDave

    I don’t think we’ll see a sequel that takes up where UW2 ended. The whole “a new world dawns with endless possibilities” (IOW, the end of the second film) is a difficult place to start a sequel, and I think the lack of an established conflict.

    See, the first two films built on types we already know: normal vampires, normal werewolves, normal humans. Society knows no archetypical “immortal werepire” to give us context.

    KB is seriously hot, and I’ll admit she’s 30% (oh, be honest, Dave… 50%) of what I got out of 1 & 2, but I don’t want to see her show up as a middle-aged vampire soccer mom running the cute little leeches to after-school violin practice. If the future plot would continue to follow her character, she’d have to remain kidless. The character just can’t handle the transition to motherhood, IMHO. Kind of worked in the Terminator series, won’t work here.

    Darned shame, too… I wanted to see the scene where an 8-months pregnant Selene sits in a housedress in the recliner watching TV, b*tching at Michael to get off his lazy *ss and go get her some ice cream.

  • Daniel

    I would love to see a 4th installment to the underworld series.Ofcourse Lucian needs to be brought back because he kicked so much ass.Selene was a great character but the whole war started around the bases of Lucian,The Lycan King and Viktor the Vampire Lord.I wouldnt think twice if they decided to just forget about the other two movies and start over from scratch.

  • Bridey

    Just thought everyone might want to know about an auction coming up where you can actually buy real Underworld props and costumes!!

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