Guess who's back? Major star will return for Underworld 5

We've got good news for Underworld fans. The long-running franchise is sticking to its winning formula of vampires, werewolves and Kate Beckinsale. The British actress has officially signed on to reprise her role as Selene in the fifth installment.

Previously, it was rumored that Divergent star Theo James would become the new face of the series. As a young up-and-comer, his character, David, seemed like the next logical choice. But Lakeshore Entertainment and Screen Gems have lured Beckinsale back for another round of supernatural action.

Underworld 5 will be directed by Anna Foerster (Starz's Outlander), who'll take over from Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein (Underworld: Awakening). The film's script was written by Cory Goodman and will focus on "a new and younger generation of vampires and werewolves who are locked in a seemingly never-ending battle between supernatural races."

Beckinsale originated the role of Selene in the first Underworld back in 2003. She's headlined three of the four films, all but Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009). That was a prequel that focused on the werewolf Lucian (Michael Sheen) and his forbidden love affair with the vampire Sonja (Rhona Mitra).

Underworld 5 begins production in October.

Are you excited for Selene's return?

(via THR)

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