"She's always been really passionate, but now, in a way, she doesn't really give a shit." Explains Beckinsale. "You see a different side to her. [Her one-time mentor] Viktor has emerged as a traitor. [Her lover] Michael has disappeared. She’s had a baby that she didn’t know about."
For those keeping count, Underworld: Blood Wars is the fifth entry in the vampire horror action series, picking up where Underworld: Awakening (2012) left off – and it boasts a new director in Anna Foerster.
"With Underworld you have rules that are very specific to the franchise, but you can veer off from that," Foerster told Empire. "What I bring to this movie is a defined visual concept and some cool surprises. I think fans will see a new side to Selene."
Written by Cory Goodman, Underworld: Blood Wars finds Beckinsale back in the catsuit as the iconic Selene, who must not only battle a resurgent Lycan clan – led by the powerful Marius (Tobias Menzies) – but also the vampire faction that betrayed her. And this time around, both the shapeshifting enemies and her own side are after Selene's blood – literally: it appears to possess some special, pure powers.
Of course, she is not all that thrilled with the idea of either side – including Charles Dance's (Game Of Thrones) vampire leader – taking her life blood, especially when she now seems to be able to channel some new superpowers.
Underworld: Blood Wars will be bringing the fight to us on 3 February.