Vampire death dealer Selene fends off brutal attacks from both the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her in the all new sequel Underworld Blood Wars. Kate Beckinsale is back for this latest chapter in the popular franchise. Today, the first trailer has arrived, and it packs quite a punch!

Arriving from Screen Gems and Lakeshore Entertainment, Blood Wars continues the story first started way back in 2003 with the original Underworld. It is the fifth movie in this long-running franchise. and it will be in theaters January 6, 2017. In the movie, Selene and her ally David face a new threat as the war between vampires and werewolves rages on.

Theo James (best known for his work in The Divergent Series) is returning as David, reprising the role he first introduced in Underworld: Awakening. Rounding out the ensemble cast are British actors Tobias Menzies (Outlander, Rome) and Lara Pulver (Sherlock), who will play a formidable new Lycan leader and a fiercely ambitious Vampire. Charles Dance (Game of Thrones) is returning as Vampire elder Thomas. Additional cast includes James Faulkner (Game of Thrones), Peter Andersson (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Bradley James (Damien), Daisy Head (Fallen) and newcomer Clementine Nicholson.

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Underworld Blood Wars is directed by Anna Foerster. She is perhaps best known for directing episodes of the TV series Criminal Minds and Outlander. She is an acclaimed cinematographer who has contributed to such epic blockbusters as Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow and White House Down.

Cory Goodman (The Last Witch Hunter, Priest) penned the screenplay for Underworld Blood Wars. The story is based on original characters created by Kevin Grevioux, Len Wiseman and Danny McBride. Lakeshore Entertainment's Tom Rosenberg (The Lincoln Lawyer, Million Dollar Baby), Gary Lucchesi (Million Dollar Baby, Underworld), and Richard S. Wright (The Lincoln Lawyer, Underworld) are producing alongside David Kern (Underworld: Awakening), along with Len Wiseman (Underworld, Total Recall).

Underworld 5 is set to go toe-to-toe with another popular horror franchise this winter when it opens opposite Dimension Films' Amityville: The Awakening. It will also be going against American Made, director Doug Liman's CIA thriller starring Tom Cruise (formerly known as Mena). Underworld will arrive in theaters with a built-in audience. So you pretty much know if you want to see it. Here's the official first trailer, which packs quite a bit of action, excitement and horror along with the return of Kate Beckinsale's beautiful and dangerous Selene.

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