Well here’s a shocker, and an upsetting one too! Kate Beckinsale will NOT be returning for the fifth Underworld, currently using the title Underworld: Next Generation. This saddens me as while the franchise is not exactly brilliant, spending ninety minutes watching Beckinsale in tight fitting costumes as Selene makes the whole experience worth while. Can the franchise survive without her? I say it is very doubtful.
However, someone will be returning for the fifth film, and that is Theo James, who made his Underworld debut in 2012’s Underworld: Awakening as David. He has now been confirmed to be returning for the fifth film, which is due to begin shooting next Spring.
Lakeshore Entertainment has signed Divergent star Theo James to star in the fifth film in its vampires-versus-werewolves franchise.
Kate Beckinsale, however, will not return for her Selene role after starring in all previous films.
Lakeshore is ramping up development on the yet-to-be-titled film and aiming to shoot in the spring. James starred as a new character and vampire ally to Beckinsale’s character in the fourth film, Underworld: Awakening.
Lakeshore toppers Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi are producing.
The franchise launched in 2003 with Underworld, directed by Len Wiseman and starring Beckinsale, followed by 2006’s Underworld: Evolution, 2009’s Underworld: Rise of the Lycans and 2012’s Underworld: Awakening, which grossed $160 million worldwide.
James starred as Four in Divergent opposite Shailene Woodley, and in the second film Insurgent, which is in post-production and will open in March. The two Allegiant films will also star James and open in 2016 and 2017.
A writer has now been found in the shape of Cory Goodman. He has only written two other films, Priest and the upcoming Vin Diesel starer, The Last Witch Hunter.
Len Wiseman, who wrote and produced all the previous Underworld film, remains as producer on the fifth film.