One of the biggest films of 2012 just nabbed a killer release date.

'Dark Shadows,' director Tim Burton's big-screen adaptation of the '60s vampire soap opera, will help 'The Avengers' kick off the summer movie season next year with a premium May 11, 2012, release.

'Shadows,' currently filming in England, features one of the best casts around. Johnny Depp stars as Barnabas Collins, a centuries-old vampire tormented by his past, opposite Helena Bonham Carter, Chloe Moretz, Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer and Jackie Earle Haley.

The film also marks the first major role for newcomer Bella Heathcote, who has supporting parts in the Justin Timberlake vehicle 'Now' and opposite Brad Pitt in 'Cogan's Trade.' Heathcote plays the key role of Victoria Winters, governess to the Collins children who observes some supernatural things going on around her at a posh New England estate.