The upcoming Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is a prequel that focuses on the character of Lucian (Michael Sheen), the Lycan who led his fellow werewolves in an uprising against their vampire masters.
"Well, it goes back into the story of Lucian," Sheen told reporters while promoting his latest film, the upcoming drama Frost/Nixon. "So, hopefully, it will allow people to watch the first one again in a different light, given what you learn about what happened before."
The movie sets the stage for the original UnderworldUnderworld: Evolution.
Sheen shared an anecdote about how the worlds of an actor occasionally collide in the strangest of ways. Well after wrapping production on Frost/Nixon and while in New Zealand to film Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, Sheen received a phone call from Frost/Nixon
"Then the message came [that Howard] just needed one line, which in the film is me going, 'And next week ... ,'" Sheen said. "And he just needed that one line. So instead of going into the studio, I did it in my trailer on the set of Underworld. So there I am, dressed as a werewolf, with an arrow through my arm, covered in blood, and blood all over me, going, 'And next week ... '"
Sheen added, "I got someone to take a photo of me doing it. And there I am as Lucian in Underworld with the Frost piranha underbite, and I sent it to Ron."
Directed by Patrick Tatopoulos and co-starring Bill Nighy and Rhona Mitra, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans opens on Jan. 23, 2009. --Ian Spelling and its sequel, director Ron Howard, who asked him to loop a few lines of dialogue.