Underworld: Rise of the Lycans trailer online
The trailer for Underworld 3, aka Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, is now online, and although it's filmed in a cinema and comes with the usual poor quality video and audio – as well as someone going to the toilet – it is looking pretty knockout.
Or rather it's sounding pretty knockout, because that opening speech sounds superb and very rousing. The action that follows looks pretty damn good too. Could we have underestimated the film?
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is actually the prequel to the Underworld series and returns to tell the story of the origins of the blood feud between the Lycans (Werewolves) and the Vampires.
Forgetting the creature side for a moment, it's actually quite a simple story, one that you could trace back to perhaps the dawn of entertainment. One group of aristocratic people are using another group as slaves. Amongst them one begins to speak out about their treatment and as he gains a following raises them up to break their bonds of slavery.
Yes, a tale oft told, however this one has teeth and they fight back.
The trailer looks like it really does pack a punch, and I could even feel the energy of the speech through that little trailer window which you can see below through Row Three.
Most of the characters return, although the lead of Kate Beckinsale has been replaced with Rhona Mitra, a good choice if you ask me, and from the few shots in the trailer that I caught her in, a lovely choice too.
Bill Nighy and Michael Sheen return to the roles of the leaders of the vampires and lycans respectively, and it's already looking that this third Underworld could well be keeping up, if not overtaking, the previous films. Perhaps there's more than a trilogy to be had?