Deadline reports that Lara Pulver has joined the cast of the as yet untitled Underworld 5.
Best known for her portrayal of Irene Adler in the second season of the BBC series Sherlock, Pulver is currently performing onstage in the critically acclaimed revival of Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre in London, opposite Imelda Staunton. She’ll soon be seen in the North American release of MI-5, which hits theaters in December, and also appeared in A Patch of Fog. Her other credits include Edge of Tomorrow, Da Vinci’s Demons, the BBC miniseries Fleming opposite Dominic Cooper, and True Blood. She’s repped by by Management 360, Paradigm and UK’s Independent Talent Group.
The film is directed by Anna Foerster. In the fifth installment of Underworld, Tobias Menzies will play Marius, a mysterious new Lycan leader. Kate Beckinsale returns to star in the film series.
Theo James will reprise his role of David, and the script is written by Cory Goodman (Priest, The Last Witch Hunter).
Len Wiseman, who wrote and produced all the previous Underworld film, remains as producer on the fifth film.
The plot is rumoured to focus on a new and younger generation of vampires and werewolves who are locked in a seemingly never-ending battle between supernatural races.
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.