Tim Burton’s next film, Dark Shadows, is less than two months away from its release, and just yesterday we had two brilliant little snippets of footage ahead of the first trailer.

The film’s official website has now launched, and with it comes two excellent things to share. First, a terrific banner of all the characters that is wonderfully colourful, with the exception of everyone’s skin. And second, a countdown clock, which hits 00:00:00 at midnight tonight, when the film’s first trailer debuts. You can be sure it’s going to be brilliant.

Now, for the official synopsis:

“In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from Liverpool, England to start a new life in America. But even an ocean was not enough to escape the mysterious curse that has plagued their family. Two decades pass and Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet–or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy…until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green). A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive. Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harboring their own dark secrets. Matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer) has called upon live-in psychiatrist, Dr. Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter), to help with her family troubles. Also residing in the manor is Elizabeth’s ne’er-do-well brother, Roger Collins, (Jonny Lee Miller); her rebellious teenage daughter Carolyn Stoddard (Chloe Moretz); and Roger’s precocious 10-year-old son, David Collins (Gulliver McGrath). The mystery extends beyond the family, to caretaker Willie Loomis (Jackie Earle Haley) and David’s new nanny, Victoria Winters, played by Bella Heathcote.”

As you can see (if you read all the above), the cast is terrific. Not only is Johnny Depp in the lead, but he’s supported by the likes of Eva Green, Chloë Moretz, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jonny Lee Miller, Gulliver McGrath, Jackie Earle Haley, Bella Heathcote, and of course, Helena Bonham Carter.

Dark Shadows marks novelist/screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith’s feature debut, and will be released in the UK and USA on 11th May. Be sure to check back later for the first trailer when it hits. As usual with this great first banner, you can click to enlarge. And to catch up on all our coverage from the film so far, click here.

Source: via ComingSoon.net.