Just when you thought a franchise was dead, they pull the original star back in. ComingSoon reports that Kate Beckinsale has signed on to reprise the role of Selene in the upcoming Underworld 4. This will mark her return to the franchise she lent a (beautiful) face to with 2003's Underworld and 2006's Underworld: Evolution, but bowed out of for 2009's Underworld: Rise of the Lycans.
Beckinsale's husband, Len Wiseman, directed those first two pictures as well, though he will not be returning for Underworld 4, as he appears busy making the, ugh, Total Recall remake. Wiseman will still act as producer, though. No other director has yet been attached.
The script is being written by John Hlavin with revisions by J. Michael Straczynski. Production will commence in Vancouver in March 2011.