Kate Beckinsale stars in Underworld; a stylish, suspenseful action thriller that depicts a world populated by a secretive clan of modern, sophisticated Vampires whose mortal enemies are the Lycans (werewolves), a shrewd gang of street toughs.
Selene (Beckinsale), a beautiful Vampire warrior with the strength of ten men, is a death dealer, assigned to hunt down and eradicate the wolf-people. But the balance of power is upset when she falls in love with the nascent Lycan she's been tracking, Michael Corvin (Scott Speedman).
When she figures out that he holds the key to ending the centuries-old war, Selene must decide where her allegiances lie.
A fan of action movies, actress Kate Beckinsale (The Aviator) was drawn to the movie because of the strong female character, something she says doesn't happen often in that genre. "I thought it was great ... I don't want to be sitting on an airplane making phone calls, I want to be blowing up the elevator shaft!." UK actor Scott Speedman (Felicity) plays Michael Corbin, and says the film's producers had to put him through training courses to get him ready for the action sequences. "I fight like a girl so I had to. It was fun, I was really cranked to do that stuff, more the wire training than the hitting people." However, Speedman says the hardest thing was sitting through the five hours of werewolf make-up. "That was a challenge. It was cool though. They were worried because I'm kind of hyper."
Underworld also stars Bill Nighy (Hitchikers Guide To The Galaxy, Love Actually), Michael Sheen (Bright Young Things), Shane Brolly (Devils Highway), and Sophia Myles (From Hell).
Written by Danny McBride and directed by Beckinsale's husband, Len Wiseman, Underworld is an action-horror fantasy about two ancient rivals vying for domination over the human race. It is his feature film directorial debut, Wiseman's experience prior to Underworld was in commercials and music videos for groups such as En Vogue and Megadeth. Since then, Wiseman has directed this year's sequel, Underworld: Evolution, and is currently working on Die Hard 4.