ShockTillYouDrop.com has learned that Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man) has joined the cast of Universal Pictures’ horror-fantasy Cirque du Freak, directed by Paul Weitz for a 2009 release.
He’s joining a cast that includes John C. Reilly, Ken Watanabe, Chris Massoglia, Josh Hutcherson, Patrick Fugit, Ray Stevenson, Michael Cerveris, Frankie Faison, Jane Krakowski, Orlando Jones, Kristen Schaal and Salma Hayek.
The film revolves around a young Darren Shan, who, after attending an illegal freak show with his best friend, decides to become a vampire’s assistant in order to save his best friend’s life. Forced to leave his home and family forever, Darren joins the freak show where he meets a host of bizarre creatures and finds himself at the center of a war between the vampires and a rival clan.
Dafoe’s role is Gavner Purl, a vampire in the film – his third time to play one. His previous turns as a bloodsucker: Shadow of the Vampire and Daybreakers.