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Theo James to lead Underworld

Theo James is returning to the Underworld franchise, this time in a starring role.

The Divergent heartthrob played a vampire in last year's Underworld: Awakening, sharing the screen with Kate Beckinsale, but he has now bagged the lead in the fifth of the action films.

Theo will co-star with two new female characters who have yet to be cast, according to the Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision blog.

Variety reported that Kate will not return as Selene after starring in all of the previous films.

Theo's career has been on the rise thanks to his turn as Four in Divergent, opposite Shailene Woodley.

The British actor, 29, is set to reprise that role in the remaining instalments of the series, Insurgent and Allegiant Parts 1 and 2.

Shooting on Underworld 5 is due to start in the spring.

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