From King to King of the Night? Well, kind of.
Fresh off his Oscar winning turn as King George VI in "The King's Speech," Colin Firth plans to give audiences the chills in a whole new way. The Daily Mail reports that Firth is signed to play a vampire in the film "Stoker." And he'll have good cast mates: fellow Oscar winner Nicole Kidman, as well as Mia Wasikowska, perhaps the most sought after young actress in Hollywood right now, are set to co-star.
In a script penned by "Prison Break" star Wentworth Miller, Firth will play an uncle who visits mother and daughter Kidman and Wasikowska after the death of Kidman's husband. The title of the film is a nod to "Dracula" author Brahm Stoker, though formally, it comes from Wasikowska and Kidman's surname in the film; Wasikowska's character's name will be India Stoker.
Miller spoke with Yahoo! about the film, saying "It's got a lot of elements of the Dracula mythology in its story... It's not a vampire story. It's not about vampires at least with the teeth and the desire to suck your blood but it is a thriller and it is about an individual who preys on the innocent."
In fact, Miller says he interprets "Dracula" as a sad love story, perhaps giving further hint to the plot.
The Los Angeles Times reported in February that Firth was in negotiations for the film, discussing various aspects with the movie's South Korean director, Chan Wook-Park.