9 Things to Know About 'Underworld: Blood Wars'by IMDb-Contributing-Writers | last updated - 25 Oct 2016
IMDb attended the 'Underworld: Blood Wars' panel at New York Comic Con, where director Anna Foerster joined stars Kate Beckinsale (Selene) and Theo James (David) to discuss the upcoming installment in the franchise, which premieres Jan. 6, 2017. Here are 9 things we learned at the panel. — Carson Blackwelder
This movie starts with Selene in a very dark place — which is saying a lot.
Selene has been through a lot already in the Underworld series, and because of that we’ll find her in a negative place at the beginning of this film. “The stakes are very high for Selene in this movie. She starts the movie at the lowest she’s ever been at [in] any of the movies,” Kate Beckinsale explained. “And she sort of doesn’t give a ... I think she probably the closest to suicidal a vampire has gotten in movie history at the beginning of this movie."
There’s more than just gun action in this movie.
Beckinsale said that there’s “some excitement and some dread” whenever she gets handed a new Underworld script — but that the dread comes when they’ve introduce new weapons for Selene. “I’m quite good with a gun but I get nervous if I’m handed an axe or something,” she admitted. “There was a little bit more axe and choppy-type weapons in this one.” Plus, Selene got some new wheels. “I got to ride a motorcycle, kind of, for the first time,” the actress added.
David is back, and Theo James feels more at home in the franchise.
Theo James, who also starred in the Divergent movies, doesn’t know if he’d consider himself a staple of the franchise just yet, but he does acknowledge that he and his character fit into the universe a little more seamlessly now that there’s a second film underneath his belt. “I feel more comfortable,” James said. “I don't feel like a veteran, but I'm comfortable and understand the world.”
This is exactly the project Anna Foerster was looking for.
With this being her first feature film, Foerster — who most recently directed episodes of Outlander — is stepping into a series with quite a large fanbase. “Of course it’s intimidating but I love the franchise. A female, kick-ass heroine is pretty impressive. When this came my way it checked a lot of boxes that interest me. A very cool visual look, action, and special effects.”
Beckinsale wants a director’s gender to be the least interesting thing about them.
Beckinsale, on the other hand, hopes that one day we won’t have to be in awe of a female director taking on a project such as this. “I’m all about as many [women] being involved as possible,” she said. “I have to say I don't think that gender has a lot to do with whether you're a good director or a bad director. I know it always comes up quite a lot with this because it's an action heroine which used to be unusual but is now less unusual. I'm hoping in a few years the conversation about female directors being unusual will be slightly less unusual too.”
Beckinsale revealed her favorite villain from the franchise.
During the Q&A portion, one fan asked Beckinsale which villain from the franchise is her favorite and got a pretty hilarious and perfect response. “My baby daddy Michael Sheen, in film as in life,” the actress said, without missing a beat. Sheen played Lucien in Underworld, Underworld: Evolution, and Underworld: Rise of the Lycans.
A crossover with Blade has been considered.
One person in the audience got the mic and asked if they’d ever considered doing a crossover movie with Blade — and got quite the surprising response. “We had that idea. They were busy,” Beckinsale said. “They're doing something else with Blade. But we were already on it.” We can only assume this is all in reference to the Wesley Snipes incarnation from the 2000s of the half-vampire and half-mortal man who protects the human race by slaying vampires, but there’s no indication of when these talks had happened.
The Cleaners, on the other hand, may need to wait.
Another fan, who just so happened to have portrayed a Cleaner in one of the earlier movies in the franchise, asked if the group will be making a return in a future film. The Cleaners, for those of you who don’t know, are a secret society of mortals whose sole purpose is to hide the existence of the immortal species from all of humanity. Beckinsale threw the question over to Foerster, the new director in charge, who joked: “Underworld 6: The Cleaners.”
A ferret seems to have made quite an impact on the set.
Beckinsale told a hilarious story about how she’d either heard or had a feeling that James was frightened of ferrets — to which he responds that she spread that rumor about him. Along with the crew, Beckinsale put a ferret in her co-star’s trailer in the hopes to scare him but, in the end, he “really bonded with it.” James admitted that they did interviews at the end of filming to find out who from the crew would adopt the ferret and take it home. James got a joke in on Beckinsale, though, pretending that the ferret had died and getting her to fall for it a little bit.