Kate Beckinsale owes a great deal to the Underworld movies — of which she has appeared in four — including the fact that she met her now ex-husband Len Wiseman on the set of the first film (and broke up with her longtime partner Michael Sheen, who she had convinced Wiseman to cast in Underworld. Somehow Sheen and Beckinsale still remain the best of friends, even though she left him for the director of the movie they were both working on). The Underworld franchise has grossed over $550 million worldwide on budgets considerably less than half of that, and as fantastic as Beckinsale is in everything else, it’s those Underworld films (and Pearl Harbor) for which she is best known.
One gets the feeling, however, that she’s no longer a huge fan of making those movies. During an interview with Variety, in which she spoke at length about her new film Farming — where she plays a blue-collar mom whose Nigerian-born foster child joins a skinhead gang in the movie inspired by the troubled youth of director Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaj — and even mentioned that she had once been up for the role of Wonder Woman years ago, Beckinsale offered a clipped response to the question of whether she’d return to the Underworld movies.
I wouldn’t return. I’ve done plenty of those.
OK. I guess that puts that question to rest.
It does not mean, however, that there won’t be more Underworld movies. It’s a fairly proven franchise, and though it has run out of gas of late, the world’s collective exhaustion cycle is much shorter than before, so a reboot in a few years is obviously not out of the question. To be honest, I love those trashy movies and would probably welcome them, although Beckinsale (and Nighy) has always been the biggest draw.
And if you’re asking right now if the only reason I wrote this post is because of the joke in the header photo that only regular readers would get, the answer is yes. Yes, that is the only reason.
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