By EW Staff
Updated January 23, 2008 at 05:00 AM EST

(FROM VARIETY) — Ken Watanabe has been cast in Paul Weitz’s vampire flick Cirque du Freak, based on a children’s-book series by Darren Shan. In the movie, about blood-suckers who are part of a circus freak show, Watanabe will play barker Mr. Tall. Previously cast: John C. Reilly (as a vampire who recruits the 14-year-old main character) and Salma Hayek (as bearded lady Madame Truska). Brian Helgeland (Mystic River) penned the script; shooting begins next month. (Variety)

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