On Jan. 6, the Underworld franchise is back with Blood Wars, its fifth installment since debuting in 2003. The previous flick, Underworld: Awakening, was by far the series' highest-earning entry with $160.1 million globally.

Tobias Menzies (Edmure Tully on Game of Thrones) is the new big bad this time, playing Marius. His Thrones cast-mate Charles Dance is also joining the saga. Ann Foerster, a TV director with credits on Outlander and Criminal Minds, becomes Underworld's first female director. At a New York Comic Con event on Friday, lead actress Kate Beckinsale said:

"I’m all about as many vaginas being involved as possible. Who doesn’t love those! ... I don’t think that gender has anything to do with whether you’re a good director or a bad director… I’m hoping in a few years the conversation about having a female director being unusual will be unusual.”

Co-lead Theo James is also returning for his second go-round. Sony Pictures Entertainment's official synopsis for Underworld: Blood Wars goes like this:

"The next installment in the blockbuster franchise follows Vampire death dealer, Selene (Kate Beckinsale) as she fends off brutal attacks from both the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her. With her only allies, David (Theo James) and his father Thomas (Charles Dance), she must stop the eternal war between Lycans and Vampires, even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice."

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