Like Creepy said when he wrote up the recent news story about Richard Lewis joining the cast of Amy Heckerling’s horror comedy Vamps, a lot of us prefer our genre fare to stick to the serious side, but considering Heckerling’s track record, I’m willing to give Vamps a shot. And the news that Kristen Johnston has joined the cast only increases the likelihood of the film being a winner.
Written and directed by Heckerling, Vamps tells the modern day tale of two young beautiful female vampires living the good nightlife in New York until love enters the picture and each has to make a choice that will jeopardize her immortality. Filming will begin next week in Detroit, Michigan.
Johnston joins Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter, already on board as two young vampires, Sigourney Weaver, who plays the role of Cisserus, a bloodthirsty “stem” vampire who has created a dynasty, and the aforementioned Lewis, who will play a former student activist who works as an ACLU lawyer. Johnston plays Mrs. Van Helsing, a posh British woman who is suspicious of her son’s new love interest Stacey (Ritter).
Most recently Johnston was nominated for a 2010 Drama Desk Award for her starring role in The Mint Theater Company’s production of “So Help Me God!” She also had a recurring role on the final season of “Ugly Betty” and has an upcoming guest-starring role on the HBO series “Bored To Death.”
Vamps is produced by Red Hour Films, Lucky Monkey Pictures’ Lauren Versel, and Molly Hassell. Executive Producers include Julie Kroll and Maria Teresa Arida.
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