Film trailer: 'Underworld 4'

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The first trailer for the latest Underworld sequel, Awakening, was released last week, bringing 3D to the battle between vampires and Lycans for the first time in the franchise.

Underworld: Awakening stars Kate Beckinsale ( The Aviator), who returns in the lead role as the vampire warrior Selene. In this installment of the horror tale, she escapes imprisonment after a dozen years to land in a world where humans are at war with vampires and Lycan clans to eradicate both species.

The Swedish team Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein directs this fantasy, in which lightning fast special effects and nonstop stylized action add a sci-fi and video game feel.

The fourth in the series follows 2003's Underworld, which introduced the vampire and werewolves worlds, 2006's Underworld: Evolution and 2009's Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, which was a prequel.

The film opens January 20, 2012 in North America, the UK, India and Singapore, with other markets to follow.