Kate Beckinsale Returning for 'Underworld 5'

Anna Foerster has signed on to direct the feature, making her the first woman to helm an installment of the action-horror franchise.
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Kate Beckinsale returns for 'Underword 5'.

Kate Beckinsale is back for more Underworld action.

The actress has signed on to reprise her vampire character, Selene, in the fifth installment in the franchise from Lakeshore Entertainment and Screen Gems. 

Directing the movie is Anna Foerster, who has done second-unit work and was Roland Emmerich’s right-hand woman as the director of photography on such movies as The Day After Tomorrow and White House Down. This is the first time that a woman is directing the female-led action-horror franchise. (Her hire was made before Tuesday’s report by the ACLU that took studios to task about gender inequality in Hollywood.)

Cory Goodman wrote the script, whose plot details are being kept shut in a coffin but which is said to focus on a new and younger generation of vampires and werewolves who are locked in a seemingly never-ending battle between supernatural races.

Theo James, who appeared briefly in 2012’s Underworld: Awakening, is attached to reprise his character as he fulfills an option agreement.

The movie will shoot in Prague this October.

Foerster, who has also directed episodes of Starz’s Outlander, is repped by Gersh.

Beckinsale has Relativity's supernatural thriller The Disappointments Room and Whit Stillman’s Jane Austen adaptation Love and Friendship, in which she stars opposite Chloe Sevigny and Xavier Samuel, in post.

She is repped by CAA and Hansen, Jacobson.