Lara Pulver is joining the Underworld action franchise. She'll star in Underworld 5 opposite Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Bradley James and Tobias Menzies.

Sherlock’s Lara Pulver Joins Underworld 5

Lara Pulver has joined the cast of the upcoming Underworld 5

The upcoming action franchise sequel Underworld 5 has today set Lara Pulver to star. Deadline has the news, reporting that the Sherlock star will join a cast that already includes Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Bradley James and Tobias Menzies. Anna Foerster, who previously directed Tobias Menzies in the Starz series Outlander, will helm the feature film, making her the first woman to direct an entry in the Underworld series.

The first Underworld, directed by Len Wiseman, was released in 2003 and follows the adventures of Kate Beckinsale as Selene, a vampire “Death Dealer” caught in the war between vampires and Lycans. It was followed by Underworld: Evolution in 2006, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans in 2009 and Underworld: Awakening in 2012. Combined, all four films in the franchise have grossed over $450 million at the global box office.

In addition to playing Irene Adler on the BBC’s Sherlock, Lara Pulver has appeared on TV series like “True Blood” and “Da Vinci’s Demons” and has been on the big screen in feature films like Edge of Tomorrow and Language of a Broken Heart. There’s no word yet on who she’ll be playing in Underworld 5, but check back for full details when official plot information becomes available. 

Underworld 5, scripted by Cory Goodman (Priest, The Last Witch Hunter), aims to begin production this October in Prague with a release date recently set for October 21, 2016. Producing the film is Wiseman himself alongside David Kern and Lakeshore Entertainment’s Gary Lucchesi, Tom Rosenberg and Richard S. Wright.

Are you excited to hear that Lara Pulver is headed to the big screen for Underworld 5? Who do you think she’ll be playing? Let us know in the comments below.

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