Divergent‘ Star Theo James has officially boarded the untitled ‘Underworld‘ project. Although little was known about the upcoming project, Kate Beckinsale is already ruled out to reprise her role as the iconic vampire, Selene (via Variety). More details about the upcoming fifth installment have made its way online via THR  this week. James, who played a vampire named David in 2013’s “Underworld: Awakening”, will be the central character in the new film. Initially thought to be a reboot of the horror franchise, ‘Underworld 5’ is actually an expansion of the existing universe instead of a retake.

'Divergent' Star Theo James Will Lead 'Underworld 5’

‘Divergent’ Star Theo James Will Lead ‘Underworld 5’

Rumors also suggest that he will star opposite two new female characters. Furthermore, corridor talks suggest that casting is already underway for the coveted female roles, and plans are in place to start production in spring. Cory Goodman has been tapped to write the script, while Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi are set to produce for Lakeshore Entertainment.

It is unclear what fans of the franchise can expect from the reboot, but some horror geeks will remember that a new film called “Underworld: Next Generation” was in the works with Wiseman serving as producer. Rumors suggested that the stroryline would center on Eve, the hybrid daughter of Beckinsale’s Selene (vampire) and Scott Speedman’s Michael (vampire werewolf hybrid).

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