Apple has just put up the trailer for the heretofore-under-the-radar third entry in the Underworld franchise, Rise of the Lycans.  Set as a prequel to the events of the first movie, Rise tells the backstory of how the war between the Vampires and Lycans began with the verbotten union between Vampire elder Viktor’s daughter Sonja (Rhona Mitra, doing her best Kate Beckinsale, even though she’s a different character) and the Lycan leader, Lucian (Michael Sheen).

If you pay any attention to this site, you know that Underworld is generally reviled, and although Underworld: Evolution is an improvement, it still doesn’t fare much better.  I on the other hand, don’t mind the first movie and generally liked the second.  Although I’m sure you’re ready to write this off before you see it, a couple of things to keep in mind: creature guru Patrick Tatopoulos finally gets his turn behind the director’s chair.  More importantly: NIGHY. 

Of course, being that this is a prequel, that also means Sheen and Shane Brolly are back.  OK, maybe you can write it off.  Anyway, the link is below.

Thanks to Corey for the scoop.

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans in Glorious Quicktime