A couple of things we didn’t know about Alice Cooper: he still has a pretty big fanbase even though he hasn’t released anything musically relevant in decades (nor has he been culturally relevant in that same span of time) and he’s sponsored by Mac cosmetics. Huh. Anyway, the musician and born again Christian may make a ghoulish appearance in Tim Burton‘s upcoming “Dark Shadows.”
The cameo was hinted at on Alice Cooper’s official website (via Shock Til You Drop) in a report about the musician’s gig in London on Monday. Johnny Depp himself stopped by the show, stepping in to play guitar on “I’m Eighteen” and “School’s Out” and the report closes by saying, “Johnny is in London working on the new Tim Burton movie ‘Dark Shadows,’ and Alice is rumored to have a cameo part in the film as well…”
Starring Depp, Jackie Earle Haley, Eva Green, Bella Heathcote, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Chloe Moretz and Jonny Lee Miller the film is a big screen adaptation of the cult ’60s show that centers on the playboy Barnabas (Depp) who breaks the heart of the witch Angelique Brouchard (Green) in 1752, and in her fury, she turns him into a vampire and buries him alive. When he reawakens in 1972, he returns to Collinwood Manor to find his estate and family in ruins.
No word yet on who Cooper might play — though the ’70s setting seems to suggest he could play himself in a comical scene with Barnabas getting reacquainted with a world that has changed drastically. 1972 marked the release of Cooper’s massive single, “School’s Out,” so that’s our best guess as to his role. Anyway, it actually sounds like it could be something potentially cool and clever but whether or not it will be filmed or even remain in the final cut is yet to be seen.
“Dark Shadows” hits theaters on May 11, 2012.