“Everything sucks these days.” Sigourney Weaver said that with a wink when I asked about her just completed work with director Amy Heckerling on a vampire film — yes, that’s right, there’s yet another vampire project on the way.
“A daughter of a friend of mine says that — ‘Everything sucks these days’ — because there are vampires everywhere on TV and in movies. This one is kind of a goofy comedy about these two nice young vampires who are trying to go straight. I play someone who is absolutely dyed-in-the-wool vampire, I just love what I do, I love killing people and drinking their blood.”
The film, due next year, is called “Vamps.” It’s a modern-day tale of love and blood-slurping in Manhattan starring Alicia Silverstone (who memorably starred in writer-director Heckerling’s “Clueless” in 1995 ) and Krysten Ritter as attractive undead women who find themselves at a crossroads moment in their immortality. Their elder, meanwhile, is Weaver’s old-school vampire, Ciccerus, an unrepentant dynasty-builder who sees the human race as one big buffet. The cast also includes Richard Lewis, Justin Kirk, Wallace Shawn, Marilu Henner and Malcolm McDowell.
“My character is very funny but she hasn’t seen the light,” the 61-year-old Weaver said. “She’s a creature of the night and she loves her job. It was delicious.”
– Geoff Boucher
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