Underworld: Blood Wars is an upcoming 2017 American action horror film directed by Anna Foerster and written by Cory Goodman. It is the fifth installment in the Underworld film series and the sequel to 2012 film Underworld: Awakening, with Kate Beckinsale reprising her role as Selene. The other main cast included Theo James, Trent Garrett, Tobias Menzies, Lara Pulver, Clementine Nicholson, Bradley James, and Charles Dance. Principal photography began on October 19, 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic.
The film is scheduled to be released on January 6, 2017 by Screen Gems. The film is the directing debut by Foerster.
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- Kate Beckinsale as Selene, a Death Dealer and a Vampire-Corvinus Strain Hybrid.
- Theo James as David, formerly a Pure-Born Vampire—now a Vampire-Corvinus Strain Hybrid, and Selene’s protégé and ally.
- Trent Garrett as Michael Corvin, Selene’s lover. Garrett replaces Scott Speedman, who played the role in the first two films.
- Tobias Menzies as Marius, a Lycan leader.
- Lara Pulver as Semira, a fiercely ambitious Vampire who is the main female antagonist.
- Clementine Nicholson as Lena, the Nordic Coven’s greatest warrior and daughter of Vidar.
- Bradley James as the villain.
- Charles Dance as Thomas, a Vampire Elder and David’s father.
- James Faulkner
- Peter Andersson as Vidar, a former jarl and an elder
- Daisy Head as Alexia
- Oliver Stark as Gregor
- Brian Caspe as Hajna
On August 27, 2014, Lakeshore Entertainment announced their plans to develop a reboot of the Underworld franchise, with Cory Goodman hired to write the script for the first film. Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi were named as producers. The film was later confirmed to be a fifth entry in the series, rather than a reboot. Titled Underworld: Next Generation, the film was in production and set to be released 2015. Theo James, who appeared in the role of David in the fourth film, would return as the new lead. On October 12, 2014, director Len Wiseman told IGN that original Underworld lead Kate Beckinsale would be back for the film. On May 14, 2015, Anna Foerster signed on to make her directorial debut with the film, being the first woman to direct the film in the series, with Beckinsale confirmed to return. On August 14, it was announced by Deadline.com that Tobias Menzies had been cast as Marius, a mysterious new Lycan leader. On September 9, Bradley James was cast as the male villain. Same day, newcomer Clementine Nicholson signed on to play Lena, the Nordic Coven’s greatest warrior and daughter of Vidar. On September 22, Lara Pulver was added to the cast to play a fiercely ambitious Vampire. On October 19, Charles Dance was confirmed to return to play Vampires’ elder Thomas. More cast was also announced which included James Faulkner, Peter Andersson, and Daisy Head.
Principal photography on the film began on October 19, 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic, and is set to take place over ten weeks. The film’s crew included cinematographer Karl Walter Lindenlaub, production designer Ondřej Nekvasil, costume designer Bojana Nikitović, and editor Peter Amundson. Filming wrapped up on December 11, 2015.
Initially the film was set for an October 21, 2016 release. However, this was eventually moved up to January 6, 2017 with a limited release.
Wiseman revealed that a sixth film is also in development and Beckinsale reprising her role as Selene.