Willem Dafoe joins Cirque du Freak

The Green Goblin ‘Freaks’ Out

Spider-Man’s Willem Dafoe has joined the cast of horror-fantasy pic ‘Cirque du Freak’, directed by Paul Weitz.

He’s joining a cast that includes John C. Reilly, Ken Watanabe, Chris Massoglia, Josh Hutcherson, Patrick Fugit, Ray Stevenson, Michael Cerveris, Frankie Faison, Jane Krakowski, Orlando Jones, Kristen Schaal and Salma Hayek.

The film revolves around a young Darren Shan, who, after attending an illegal freak show with his best friend, decides to become a vampire’s assistant in order to save his best friend’s life. Forced to leave his home and family forever, Darren joins the freak show where he meets a host of bizarre creatures and finds himself at the center of a war between the vampires and a rival clan. Dafoe’s role is Gavner Purl, a vampire in the film.

The movie is expected to hit theatres in 2009.

EXTRAs: This will be Dafoe’s third time to play a vampire, having previously starred in ‘Shadow of the Vampire’ and ‘Daybreakers’.