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Dark Shadows: Kathryn Leigh Scott Is Still Under Barnabas’ Spell

Dark Shadows movie cameoBack in 1966, Kathryn Leigh Scott was cast as Maggie Evans in ABC’s supernatural soap opera, Dark Shadows. She got to play several different roles over the course of the series and stayed with the show for most of its five year run.

Though Scott went on to act in numerous other television series, she certainly doesn’t shy away from her “dark” past. She’s remained active at Dark Shadows festivals and conventions, published and written books about the show, and has even authored a novel that’s an homage to the series.

Scott’s website describes Dark Passages as a “coming-of-age story encapsulating the romance and innocence of JFK’s Camelot era and the tumultuous ‘dark passages’ of Meg Harrison. Arriving in New York City to pursue acting, Meg is a beautiful ingenue who also happens to be a vampire. She joins the cast of the cult hit Dark Passages only to face her nemesis who is bent on destroying her and those she loves.”

Speaking with Mediabistro, Scott noted, “Anyone who, as a kid, ran home from school to watch Dark Shadows will love it.”

In addition to promoting the book, Scott is just back from London. She, Jonathan Frid, Lara Parker, and David Selby spent three days shooting cameos for the upcoming Dark Shadows feature film. It’s being directed by Tim Burton and stars Johnny Depp as mysterious Barnabas Collins. The movie’s set to be released in May 2012.

Scott couldn’t share any details but said that, “It was wonderful… I think the thing that meant the most was as soon as we walked on the set, Tim Burton and Johnny Depp came over and were so welcoming.” She recalls that Depp has been a fan of the show for many years. When she filmed an episode of 21 Jump Street years ago, everyone told her that he wanted to play Barnabas one day.

What do you think? Are you a Dark Shadows fan? Are you looking forward to seeing the movie or reading Scott’s new book?

 

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deb May 19, 2012 at 11:46 am

I use to run home everyday after school so I could at least see the last 15 minutes of the show. I was and still am a hugh fan of Dark Shadows. I wish they would put the show back on from the begining. anyone know how to get the series on dvd?

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TexasBelle August 19, 2011 at 8:50 pm

You bet, I can’t wait for the movie.

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Johnny August 15, 2011 at 3:53 am

I’m so glad to know that these four actors will have a small part in the making of the new DS film. It shows the commitment that the film makers have to the original production. I’m also excited about Dark Passages, and will get a copy very soon!

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mgreed August 12, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Just a bit of trivia. Did you know that actor/game show host Bert Convy was seriously considered for the role of Barnabas back in’67? Ofcourse he lost out to Jonathan Frid for what was only going to be a 3 week stint and the rest as they say….

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Evan August 12, 2011 at 7:05 pm

I am so excited for the dark shadows movie to come out! I just hope it comes out in theaters where i live, so ALL MY FRIENDS can understand what i have been talking about for years, THE AMAZING LEGACY OF DARK SHADOWS!!!!

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George August 12, 2011 at 5:18 pm

Who is playing Maggie Evans in the upcoming Dark Shadows feature film? Hope they retain the original soap character of Maggie as the reincarnation of Josette Collins and not Victoria Winters!

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LCB September 8, 2011 at 9:38 pm

As the IMDB shows who is playing who onthe new Dark Shadows movie. Well hate to break this to you. Maggie Evans character is not seen is this upcoming film.
It’s a shame as you know here character was very popular in the soap series.

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Debby Modis August 12, 2011 at 11:08 am

OMG! I can’t believe it! I watched this show from the beginning to the end. Does that tell you my age??!! I loved this show and cried for days when it ended. And Johnny Depp playing THE Barrnabas Collins??? All Right!!!! Couldn’t be better! Can’t wait till next year when this comes out! I am so excited. Way to go!! Can’t wait!

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Bruce August 12, 2011 at 9:07 am

Can’t wait. Long overdue. Thanks for putting some of the original cast in the movie. Avid fan of the original show.

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