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Bonham Carter Stars With Depp in "Sweeney Todd"

Helena Bonham CarterHelena Bonham Carter will play the diabolical meat pie-maker Mrs. Lovett in director Tim Burton's "Sweeney Todd," according to Variety.

Mrs. Lovett, a role originated onstage by Angela Lansbury, is a murderess who dispenses her victims' bodies in meat pies and becomes the amorous accomplice of the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

If you've seen a Burton film in say, the last 5 years, you may have already assumed that Carter would be cast in the film at some point. I know I did.

Naturally, it was Burton (Carter's long time off-screen partner) who tapped her to co-star with Johnny Depp in the DreamWorks Studios and Warner Bros. co-production of the Stephen Sondheim musical.

Carter has starred in a growing number of Burton-directed films. Namely, she's starred in every film he's directed since 2001 - "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "Big Fish" and "Planet of the Apes," and provided the title voice for "Corpse Bride." Her work is not limited to Burton films, though. She just wrapped "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," and is set to star in "Eleanor & Colette" and "Stand by Love."

Fans are thankful of her non-Burton work because the constant paring with an off-screen amour has a too much of a Rebecca Pidgeon feel to it. (Pidgeon is married to writer/director David Mamet and stars in everything he helms, including recent episodes of TV's "The Unit.") Not that there's anything wrong with wanting to work closely with your partner, it's just... well, boring for the rest of us.

Shooting for "Sweeny Toddy" begins early next year for a late 2007 release. -- Shannon Nolley

Posted by Shannon on October 18, 2006 9:30 AM
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