Geeze, this is confusing.

From a pile of separate reports this month claiming that Underworld 4 would be coming our way (in 3D!), and later that it would launch a second trilogy, we also heard the very good news that it would bring back the star of the franchise, Kate Beckinsale, into her death-dealing role of Selene, the leather-clad vampire gunslinger.

Now, it doesn’t sound so promising that Beckinsale will be back to reprise the role in Underworld 4

Yesterday, at a Beverly Hills press conference for her upcoming thriller, Whiteout, Beckinsale was asked about her involvement in the next Underworld installment and she didn’t seem too enthused or knowledgeable about it, clarifying that she had not signed on for another movie yet.

“I don’t know anything about a 4th Underworld. I don’t know anything about that at this point.”

Kate was then asked if to clarify if she knew nothing about Underworld 4.

“I know they have…it was always conceived as a trilogy, which I was never going to be in the third one. I think if they came up with an amazing script I wouldn’t be adverse to it. But it’s not planned or anything.”

Oh, so she does know about it and would do it if the script’s good. What about a trilogy of new films?

“God, three whole more!”

“I don’t think my daughter needs to see my bottom in rubber for another ten years. But I don’t know, I’ve heard they’re talking about a 4th one, but I don’t know if that’s officially happening or it’s that a rumor. As far as I’m concerned it’s just a rumor.”

Sounds to me like she’s hiding something… Either Kate is not being honest here or the two sources of Bloody Disgusting who claimed that she “is in fact attached to return” weren’t well-informed.

I still expect her to return to the role though, just look at what she said here. She’s completed filming Everybody’s Fine with Robert De Niro and only has one other project listed in development. The franchise needs to bring back the star and she doesn’t have much else on her plate.

Fans want to see her back, the studio would like her back, the film will make an easy profit and it will giver her some more stardom – Wins all around.

As we said earlier, there’s no official confirmation either way on this yet, but Underworld 4 does have an official release date of January 21, 2011.

Screen Rant will let you know what happens next with the Underworld franchise. What do you think about Kate’s words and the future of Underworld?

Check out Kate Beckinsale in Whiteout, opening September 11, 2009.

Sources: Collider, Bloody Disgusting

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