Johnny Depp is a vamp!

Johnny Depp is a vamp!

A first look of Johnny Depp as playboy vampire Barnabas on set.

16 Sep – Johnny Depp joins his director pal Tim Burton once again to play a quirky character which this time around seems to be a playboy vampire for the upcoming 2012 film "Dark Shadows", according to a report by The Sun's website.

Depp, 48, was seen with a white face, red lips and shadowed cheeks to make him look gaunt as he strolled in the sunshine while he walked around some rocks on the beach in Devon, United Kingdom where the movie is being shot.

Depp plays vampire Barnabas Collins and also wore a blue trilby and purple sunglasses for his role.

The film, "Dark Shadows", is based on the 60′s supernatural series of the same name. It tells the story of Barnabas a tortured vampire who is searching for his long lost love.

"Barnabas was a wealthy playboy in Collinsport, Maine and master of Collinwood Manor in the 18th century.

But he was turned into a bloodsucker by witch Angelique Bouchard, played by Eva Green, after he broke her heart and after being buried alive, is free 200 years later and returns to his manor to find his dysfunctional descendants living there."

The film, which is due for release in May 2012, also stars Michelle Pfeiffer as the estate matriarch Elizabeth Collins, Johnny Lee Miller as her wayward brother Roger and Chloe Moretz as Carolyn Stoddard, Elizabeth's rebellious teenage daughter.

Written by Seth Grahame-Smith, who wrote the best seller "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies", it also stars Burton's real-life partner Helena Bonham Carter as psychiatrist Dr Julia Hoffman.