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Dark Shadows What actress would you like to see play Dr. Julia Hoffman in the new Johnny Depp Dark Shadows movie?

131 fans picked:
Helena Bonham Carter
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Sigourney Weaver
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Meryl Streep
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Susan Sarandon
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Cate Blanchett
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Emma Thompson
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Julianne Moore
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Judy Davis
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Kate Winslett
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Doreen Jacobi
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Kathleen Turner
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holly marie combs
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Kathy Bates
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drvalerie picked Meryl Streep:
I think Meryl Streep is a phenomenal actress - with a wide character range..it would be very interesting to see her take on Julia Hoffman....and Johnny Depp.
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shomill picked Susan Sarandon:
She's got that kind of face.
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ak347 picked Meryl Streep:
Meryl Streep is Julia! Her and Johnny Depp would be amazing together! Blanchett and Winslet are too young! They need someone older.
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samgracesmom picked Cate Blanchett:
I love Susan Sarandon and Meryl Streep, but they are both a little old for the role of Julia. They're in their 60s, not their 40s. Cate Blanchett is early 40s, I believe. Not too young.
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ak347 picked Meryl Streep:
Blanchett is a fine actress but Julia has to be older, there has to be a logical reason why Barnabas rejects her love. Streep has that kind of feel and look for the part of Julia. Even if she is 60 she doesn't look it! I still say Streep for Julia (Tim Burton I hope you're reading this!)
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emeraldeyesonly picked Helena Bonham Carter:
I'm confused. Why does Julia have to be older? She wasn't in either of the series. Grayson Hall and Jonathan Frid were about the same age (their 40s) on original DS, and Barbara Steele and Ben Cross were close to the same age in the revival series. Julia just wasn't a sweet young thing like Josette, Vicky, Maggie, etc.
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ak347 picked Meryl Streep:
Grayson Hall was about 3 years older than Frid. She was in her mid to late forties but she looked a lot older. Steele was about 9 years older than Cross. I think Julia has to be older because there has to be a logical reason why Barnabas rejects her love.
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JuliaH picked Emma Thompson:
Grayson Hall was 2 years older than Frid--see her biography or even wikipedia. She was born in Sept 1922 and Frid in December 1924.
Barnabas initially rejected Julia because she was a modern woman and she wasn't 18. But as the series progressed, he cared for her very much. Stop disparging the actress please, it just plain rude.
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Englishlass7 picked Julianne Moore:
Julianne Moore because I am familiar with her work and she would do justice to Julia.
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ak347 picked Meryl Streep:
JuliaH, I did not mean to insult Grayson, what I meant was I thought she was a few years older. But we all have our opinions.
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none of these. I hope that Depp changes his mind and leaves Dark Shadows alone!
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Taescharmed picked Cate Blanchett:
It's sad that so many people are close minded when it comes to reimaginings! I doubt very JD will leave it alone considering he paid out the wazoo to acquire the rights! I want to see DS continue for years to come and a new movie will only lead people to see where it all started with the original. I thank GOD for the 1991 remake. It lead me to DS fandom and the original show which I love! I think Star Trek fans are much more open minded!
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Taescharmed picked Cate Blanchett:
I also think that they could go with a pretty JULIA! Although I always thought Grayson was beautiful especially when she was younger. Check out Graysonhall.net! I personally think it would be great to change up the dynamics.
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harpomarks picked Sigourney Weaver:
Meryl would be perfect as Julia. Remember Julia was OLDER! Meryl isn't that old for the part. 60 is the new 40. So lighten up! Meryl is very pretty.
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mcgoo picked Susan Sarandon:
Susan looks like Grayson the most out of all these. Though Meryl Streep and Cate Blanchett are not bad choices.
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sunnitimes4 picked Cate Blanchett:
I think Cate Blanchett has the right kind of look. As for the age thing, lets remember that Julia may have been older than the sweet young things, but she was only in her 40s. And Barnabas was born in the 18th century. lol
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qb2bu picked Meryl Streep:
Actually the main reason why Barnabas rejected Julia is because he didn't trust her at first. Here she was saying she can cure him of his vampirism and he's been a vampire for over 170 years. He agreed to her experiments because he wanted to be cured, but he kept a leery eye on her. Even though the experiments initially failed, Julia slowly gained his trust and they became good friends, by that time, I believe Julia got over her romantic feelings for him. Another reason is that he was still hung up on Josette and wanted to replace her via Maggie and then Victoria, who more closely matched what Josette looked like than Julia.

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oldgreggrocks picked Emma Thompson:
I agree more with harpomarks and qb2bu. Barnabas didn't trust Julia and also she was older and she wasn't exactly a beauty queen (no offense to Grayson) but yeah she was older and at first Barnabas and Julia were against each other. I say either Emma Thompson, Meryl Streep as Julia. They both can act and I think would bring justice to the role.
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mrsjacksprat picked Cate Blanchett:
I picked Cate Blanchett, although I really wish Susan Sarandon were younger. She has such large, magnificent eyes like Grayson Hall did. I think Barnabas' early rejection of Julia was a combination of things. He didn't trust her initially, she was older than his image of the perfect woman (Josette), and she was an independent, educated, and opinionated woman (something he would have had no experience with, coming from the 18th century). Later on, he came to care for her deeply and was always saving her from other vampires.
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Bcollins1967 picked Sigourney Weaver:
I picked Sigourney Weaver because she has those marvelous eyes that Grayson Hall had. Also, Sigourney is no stranger to the horror/sci-fi genre. Although Streep, Blanchett, Thompson and Sarandon would be good too.
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MirandaKeefe picked Kathy Bates:
Most of these women are beautiful. I prefer a woman who is strong and not a classic beauty. Kathy Bates fits this and would make a much better Julia than a beauty, even if she can act like Meryl can.

Also, even though it never is developed, Julia had a Lesbian feel about her. Kathy Bates does too.
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meagain picked Cate Blanchett:
I chose Cate Blanchett. I'm in agreement with some of the posts above. I've never seen the Julia of the original series as any older than her 40s. She was just older than the Maggies and Vickis and Roxannes, etc that they were always pairing Barnabas with. Barnabas didn't trust Julia initially because she knew all his secrets and was not a docile, easily manipulated miss, but as the series progressed he grew to care for her deeply and couldn't have been more protective of her.
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harpomarks picked Sigourney Weaver:
I have a question: How did Julia have a lesbian feel about her?

Grayson was in her 40's, that was old in the 60's. Barbara Steele was in her 50's, that was old in the 90's. But in 2010, 60 is the new 40. Meryl Streep is a great actress and I think she can really bring the part of Julia to life. Meryl is very pretty and I think they need that. I think Julia has to be a little older but still pretty so it'll look right when she tries to get it on with Barnabas.

Other than Meryl, Emma Thompson, Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore would be good. Kathy Bates would be OK, but I don't really know. Kathleen Turner would have been good but she really let herself go. Kate Winslet, Holly Marie Combs, Doreen Jacobi would be too young. I like Helena Bonham Carter a lot, but it'd be Todd and Lovett all over again.
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swimgirl picked Helena Bonham Carter:
Well, technically, Julia never did try "to get it on with Barnabas." She simply loved him quietly, and protected him and tried her best to save his ass from his many impetuous actions. I can't remember her ever even flirting with him. Of course, it was a different time forty years ago. I doubt if she would be so restrained today. lol.

I'd like to know about that lesbian feel comment myself. I never got that vibe from Julia. Maybe (slightly) from Parallel Time Hoffman regarding PT Angelique, but that wasn't REAL time Julia.
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harpomarks picked Sigourney Weaver:
There was a thing between Angelique and Hoffman in PT? I didn't get there yet so I guess I'll find out. But I agree with Swimgirl that Julia may not be as restrained today, hopefully she won't be flashing him or anything like that.
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swimgirl picked Helena Bonham Carter:
No, harpomarks, not exactly a "thing", but PT Miss Hoffman was devoted to PT Angelique. I think they were going for the way Mrs. Danvers was obsessively devoted to the dead first wife in the movie "Rebecca," but I've read comments from people who read a lesbian vibe into it. lol
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harpomarks picked Sigourney Weaver:
Oh I get it! Thanks a lot swimgirl! :)
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MirandaKeefe picked Kathy Bates:
Those of us who are attracted to women pick things up in other women who are also attracted to women that straight women don't pick up. I can't say that there was anything specifically that to me gave Julia that Lesbian feel, it's just that it was there. I'd have Kathy play her as in love with Barnabas, but something else would still come through that would make it feel right to me.
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agingrapidly picked Helena Bonham Carter:
Looks like the age issue is kind of a hot topic in this poll. I guess I have to agree that I would like to see Julia played by someone in her 40s, or someone who looks that age, since I never saw Julia as being any older than that. Of course, they could go with someone who looks really young like in the (unsold) WB production where Julia was played by Asian American actress Kelly Hu. She was 36 or 37 but looked much younger, IMO.
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gville picked Susan Sarandon:
May I make a suggestion? FORGET ABOUT THE AGE! Age doesn't matter! What matters is if the actress can act!
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meagain picked Cate Blanchett:
I was going to suggest that. Although I'm another fan who has never seen Julia as any older than her 40s, for all we know they will go in the opposite direction if this film ever gets made. The movie industry seems to have an obsession with youth and beauty. Julia might be a SYT herself this time around! I just hope she can act.
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chevychaserules picked Sigourney Weaver:
I agree that age doesn't matter anymore. I think Julia can be older as long as she doesn't look it. Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Susan Sarandon and some of the other choices are one of the greatest actresses working today. I'm not sure if they're going to make Julia a sight, times have changed and I'm sure they're going for the 40-65 age range. We'll have to wait and see!
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dancingdawn picked Helena Bonham Carter:
When you think about it, Julia as a Sweet Young Thing (SYT) would be cool and a different spin on the character. A person can be a doctor by their late 20s, I believe. There's no real reason why she has to be 20 years older than Barnabas's other girls this time around. But like others have said, I hope she can act and do justice to the character.
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wwjazzy picked Meryl Streep:
A Julia that's young? There are many reasons why Julia can't be younger. Barnabas is always being paired with young woman and if Julia is younger, that defeats the purpose. I agree with the posts saying times have changed and she can be older this time around. I think Meryl Streep would do justice to the role and it's no mystery that Meryl can act!
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sunnitimes4 picked Cate Blanchett:
Maybe it's just me, but I have a hard time imagining an actress of Meryl Streep's caliber in a Johnny Depp film. My guess is that all the other roles will be filled with names of lesser renown. Frankly, I just hope that we end up with a portrayal of Barnabas that isn't as flaming as Jack Sparrow. lol
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oldgreggrocks picked Emma Thompson:
I chose Emma Thompson for several reasons. She is around Johnny Depp's age. She also has a subtle resemblence to Grayson. Emma is very pretty and it'd be hard for Barnabas with his love triangle (Josette vs. Angelique vs. Julia). I think Emma Thompson would be great in this part.
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Bcollins1967 picked Sigourney Weaver:
I picked Sigourney Weaver for several reasons. Sigourney has those marvelous eyes and she can act very well. She has has that look in the face that Grayson Hall had. She is a great actress.

As for as the age thing, I don't see any reason why Julia has to be under 50.
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frozeninthepast picked Helena Bonham Carter:
Doesn't Tim Burton have a habit of using some of the same people in his films? I have a sneaking suspicion that he may want his lady love in the DS film and since Helena Bonham Carter is in her mid-40s now, she'd be too old to play ingenues like Josette or Vicki or Maggie. My guess is she might be cast as Julia. Just a thought.
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CushingLee4E picked Emma Thompson:
Let's break outside the box. Grayson Hall was in her 40s during the TV show. Just because she was doesn't mean the new Julia has to be. Emma Thompson is 51, she seems age-appropiate, so is Meryl Streep. Johnny Depp is 47, a little older than Frid was (he was 42-46).

Why does Julia have to be under 50?
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sweetbriarsluv picked Helena Bonham Carter:
I would say that people are hoping that this film somehow recaptures the"feel" of the original series. People tend to forget that Depp is pushing 50 himself and might actually be 50 by the time this film gets made, if it ever does. lol I just hope it doesn't turn into some campy satire that makes fun all all these great characters.
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johnnyNOTLD picked Susan Sarandon:
While it's true that Hollywood has an obsession for youth and beauty, Tim Burton has a tendency to go against the normal Hollywood standards. Burton is a unique director who uses something different than what Hollywood normally does.
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happycrickets picked Helena Bonham Carter:
I have a feeling that in spite of all the great choices out there, that Burton will want his lady love in the DS film. Helena Bonham Carter is too old Vicky, Josette, Maggie, Carolyn, or even Angelique, and too young for Elizabeth, so that only leaves Julia
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Wolfenblitzer picked Meryl Streep:
I love Helena Bonham Carter, but if she was Julia, it'd basically be Todd and Lovett all over again. The dynamics have to be fresh and Burton may start to realize that.

The thing with Julia is there was always that feeling of hopelessness. She loved Barnabas, but deep down inside, she knew she could never capture his heart.

Actually, I'd like to see Helena play Crazy Jenny, if she's in the movie.
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hollynivy picked Helena Bonham Carter:
Can't vouch for 100 percent authenticity here, but this NYTimes article says Helena Bonham-Carter has the role of Julia. It could be just an assumption on the author's part, but it really wouldn't surprise me.

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wwjazzy picked Meryl Streep:
I think Meryl Streep is a powerful and wonderful actress who gives moving performances. She is one of the best actresses in Hollywood, so are some of these other choices here. But I'm pretty sure Meryl could get the role of Julia with no problem.
Before you say that Meryl Streep is too old, Julia was ALWAYS portrayed by an older actress.
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catlady4ever picked Helena Bonham Carter:
Depends on what you mean by an older actress. Grayson Hall was in her 40s when she played Julia, and Barbara Steel, in her early 50s. Kelly Hu, who had the role in the unsold WB pilot of '04 was in her 30s. All were, however, older than the Josette/Vicki/Maggie actresses. I just hope we get someone who can act, with an interesting face.
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wwjazzy picked Meryl Streep:
What I mean by older is, someone in her 40s, 50s, 60s, middle age. Grayson Hall was considered "old" when the show first aired in the 1960s. She was in her mid to late forties. Barbara was in her 50s and she was considered old when the revival aired. Even though I'd like Meryl in the part, I just hope they don't get someone really young, like Kelly Hu in the 04 pilot.
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bustthemghosts picked Sigourney Weaver:
To everyone who says they should make Julia a sweet young thing like in the WB pilot: did you ever consider that WB didn't buy it because it sucked??? Come on! The WB pilot was the most wretched excuse for a remake ever! And making Julia young and beautiful defeats the entire purpose on why Barnabas rejected her! He wanted a younger woman in her 20s, if you have her in that age group it would make him a hypocrit of the highest order.

Sigourney is 61, but she could definatley pass for her late 40s/early 50s. She also has that same acting style that Grayson had. Since JD is older than Frid was when he started the role, it makes sense to make Julia a little older too. I think Sigourney Weaver would be a welcome addition to the world of Tim Burton.
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RKO601 picked Sigourney Weaver:
Not too sure about the authenticity of this article, but it looks like Sigourney Weaver's got the part of Julia. It could be a rumor but I hope it's true!
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mrsjacksprat picked Cate Blanchett:
There's a NY Times piece that says Helena Bonham Carter will be playing Julia. LOL! The rumors abound, don't they? Since the movie is going to be filmed in England, they might even go with English unknowns for most of the roles. I think I'll wait for official word from Burton or Depp. All the speculation and rumor has made me hesitant to believe anything I read.
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bustthemghosts picked Sigourney Weaver:
@mrsjacksprat - I get what you mean by being hesitant to believe what is said. If you go on the Dark Shadows movie page on IMDb, they have Kristen Van Wagner listed as Vicky Winters. There are no articles relating to Van Wagner. Nothing on Collinwood.net, because Collinwood.net was one of the places where I heard about Sigourney being cast as Hoffman. For me, it would be great to see Sigourney in this part.

Also on this website, DS is listed, link. Pleas, let it be true!!!!!
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happycrickets picked Helena Bonham Carter:
I'm still hoping for Helena Bonham Carter. LOL! Oh, well, I'm sure the cast list will be announced soon, if the film is truly going into production in April and there are no more postponements.
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go4it picked Sigourney Weaver:
Hopefully there are no more postponements. I'm still hoping for Sigourney Weaver. She has those dark eyes that Grayson had. She's also good at playing these kinds of parts. I love Helena Bonham Carter, but the dynamics have to be fresh. Her and JD acting alongside eachother like this is getting stail.

Helena isn't right for Julia. She doesn't have that authoritive feeling to her. Sigourney Weaver on the other hand is great at playing the 'tough chick' kind of roles.
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DSCOLLINS picked Susan Sarandon:
Susan Sarandon could easily get away with late 40s, early 50s, and she's in her early 60s. She has that same look, and feel that Grayson had and I think she would be fantastic as Julia.

Portraying Julia, I'd rather have an actress who is 60 and could pass for late 40s, early 50s, then an actress who is in her early/mid 40s and could pass for mid 30s.
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happycrickets picked Helena Bonham Carter:
Is this age discussion still going on here? LOL! Grayson Hall was 44 (about to turn 45) when she began on Dark Shadows in 1967. Helena Bonham Carter will be 45 this May (2011). Whoever they pick, I just hope she can act. I suppose I'm more concerned that the film may turn out to be a campy mess overall. Johnny Depp can be rather OTT, imho.
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electer picked Sigourney Weaver:
I doubt Depp will make the film into a parody. He says he's a life-long fan of the show, and I think he'll handle it well. I'd like to end the age thing by saying 45 now is not what it was in 1967.
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dancingdawn picked Helena Bonham Carter:
I agree. Which is why a 45 year old actress wouldn't be expected to look matronly today. Just as Johnny Depp, who is older than Jonathan Frid was when he played Barnabas, can actually look younger than Frid did when he began the role at 43. Age is actually an illusion in film anyway. They can make you up to look as old as your grandmother or as young as your granddaughter these days.
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wwwdotcom picked Sigourney Weaver:
I agree with electer and dancingdawn. I think Sigourney and Johnny could definatley pass for being the same age. They both look much younger than they really are. They'll probably make Depp real gaunt looking, so he'll look older I bet.
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darkshadows4E picked Judy Davis:
I picked Judy Davis because she has that right look and feel about her. Even her voice reminds me of Grayson. I think next to Weaver and a few other of these actresses, could capture the tone of Grayson Hall. As of now, Judy is 55, and I think age-appropriate.

As for Helena Bonham Carter, please Burton, put nepotism aside for once and actually do the film right!
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hollynivy picked Helena Bonham Carter:
Looks like all the spec was right and Helena Bonham Carter will be Julia. And Michelle Pfeiffer as Liz.

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collinsportmn picked Judy Davis:
Tim Burton... first Planet of the Apes, Alice in Wonderland... now this... how you never cease to disappoint me.

hopefully in a few years there will be another DS film with Judy Davis
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jolyonforsythe picked Helena Bonham Carter:
Not sure why so many here seem not to like the idea of Helena Bonham Carter as Julia. Is it because she is pretty and still looks relatively young? She has a quirky, offbeat quality that this Julia fan thinks is essential to the role. The character was far from being your standard cookie cutter heroine. Since it looks like Helena will indeed be the one playing Julia, I am looking forward to seeing what other qualities she brings to the role.
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DSCOLLINS picked Susan Sarandon:
As much as I love HBC, her as Julia will basically be Sweeney and Lovett all over again. It's stail! Burton needs to broaden his horizen with casting the leads. JD as Barnabas seems crazy but it might work. Depp has a tendancy to be over the top, but I think he'll do OK.
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uhaul picked Judy Davis:
I'm kinda worried about the new film. So many people are calling the script "funny" Seth Graham-Smith said they wanted to make Barnabas funny. I'm really worried.

On IMDb, Helena Bonham-Carter is no longer listed as being a part of the film. From what I heard, she dumped DS for Great Expectations.
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dancingdawn picked Helena Bonham Carter:
I have it on good authority--from a source who hasn't been proven wrong yet--that Helena is still playing Julia. The IMDB thing is most likely a glitch.
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nightandday picked Helena Bonham Carter:
I'm interested in seeing Helena as Julia. I'll probably be sorry, but I'll wait and see
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booklover35 picked Susan Sarandon:
Sigourney Weaver and Helena Bonham Carter (who already played her) are three choices.
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