Bloody Disgusting is reporting that Kate Beckinsale is attached to star in the 3D Underworld 4, however, she is trying to have a smaller role so that she can "pass the torch" of the vampiress role to her 11-year-old daughter Lily Mo Sheen.

Len Wiseman (and Beckinsale hubby) is attached to direct the project, which stars Michael Sheen, and Bill Nighy.

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Screenwriter John Hlavin says the movie will not be a prequel.

"It will satisfy old fans and excite new audiences, meaning that we don't want to redo the first three movies, so steps are being taken to honor what fans have loved but at the same time introduce fresh elements."

Underworld 4 will release in theaters on January 21, 2011.