Apple has released the first official trailer for Underworld: Rise of the Lycans and if you enjoyed the first two Underworld films, then you’re in for a treat!

Rise of the Lycans is the third Underworld film in the franchise but is a precursor to the last two installments representing an origins story leading up to the events of the first Underworld.

It’ll be a slight adjustment to see an Underworld film without the stars of old; Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman as Selene and Corvin, respectively. Replacing the butt-kicking female leader we now have Rhona Mitra who plays Sonja, the vampire who fell in love with a lycan. Other than the two leads, the film is loaded with all the familar faces of the prior two installments.

If you remember from the first Underworld, it was that relationship and what it resulted in that led to the centuries-long war between the vampires and lycans. Mitra made her mark and pumped up her profile with her role as the lead in Doomsday, where similar to this, she plays a one-woman army. She was also the focus of the latest Batman 3 rumor where she was said to be a possibility to portray Catwoman.

Here’s the trailer. Check it out and see what you think:

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Well, I’m in! This looks pretty bad-ass to me. Although it’s a little extreme on the blue overlay, I dig it and it worked for the other two. I’m a pretty big fan of the first Underworld, not so much the second. This one brings back a lot of the awesome secondary and tertiary characters of the first film, namely Michael Sheen as Lucian, the leader of the Lycans (my personal favourite) and Bill Nighy.

What do you think of the trailer? Do you like the idea of it being prequel?

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans hits theaters January 23rd, 2009.

Source: Apple