Theo James to Star in Fifth ‘Underworld,’ Kate Beckinsale Won’t Return

Theo James

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 three of the four 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. Cory Goodman has been hired to write the script.

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.

Beckinsale’s character made a brief appearance in the prequel “Rise of the Lycans.”

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.

James is repped by WME and Markham, Froggatt and Irwin in the U.K. News was first reported by THR.com.

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  1. PETER says:

    Good luck to Theo James, now that his career is taking off and he’s making some good $$$$. Nice that he jumped from his dropped TV show, GOLDEN BOY, into big movies. Just keep goin’ to the gym, Theo. That’s what your fans want! It’s been a trip from Mary’s DOWNTON bedroom to the present, right?

  2. Jpper says:

    No Kate is a loser!

  3. Debra Bond says:

    I think that Zoe Saldana should replace kate beckinsale.

  4. Debra Bond says:

    Yes! We have seen this scripted before actors and actresses, star in a good movie and just when everythings a ok they want to high tail and run away from a roll that made them rich. I think that she should be replace.

  5. They should’ve left it with just Underworld & Evolution & finished it at that.Though it was great to see Kate back in Awakening,it just didn’t match up to the first two movies.

  6. vincent says:

    awakening was crap. and beckinsale the only reason i even bothered checking it out. and didnt they only use the footage from underworld 1 in rise of the lycans to show Selene? i dont rly see that as making an appearance.

  7. fluffo says:

    Underworld: Awakening was garbage. This guy can’t save the franchise. Let it die already.

  8. Geo says:

    If anyone important at the studio is reading this…REMOVING KATE FROM THIS SERIES IS FRANCHISE SUICIDE!
    It’s like telling the fans Milla Jovovich won’t star in Resident Evil anymore. If you are leaving her out then you should REBOOT the whole franchise (actors too)

    • vincent says:

      agree about Kate. but as a fan of the RE games im definitely okay with no more Jovovich. they rly should reboot the franchise.

  9. Normandy says:

    and just for clarification, Kate didn’t star in Rise of the Lycans-she wa sin it for about one minute

  10. Normandy says:

    no one is interested in seeing this guy in Underworld. Part Four was terrible. Without Kate the series is done

  11. tibrink says:

    wtf? where’s India Eisley and her “Eve” character then??

  12. lauren says:

    While i’m more than happy to see more Theo, what the f*** is the point of an Underworld film without Kate? I get what they’ll do, but i’m not convinced.

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