Michelle Pfeiffer

One of the few highlights of the otherwise lifeless and disapointing "Dark Shadows" was -- unsurprisingly -- Michelle Pfeiffer as the matriarch of the Collins clan. As usual, she classed up the proceedings and brought a nice, icy tone to an otherwise frothy movie. Better yet, the actress who had a slight dip in her career toward the end of '90s seems to be brewing something of a comeback. And this could be the picture that puts her back on top.

The pairing of Luc Besson and Robert De Niro for the gangster pic "Malativa" has us already sold, but add Michelle Pfeiffer to the mix? That's one potentially explosive movie. The actress has come on board the darkly comic film, based on Tonino Benacquista's book "Badfellas," that will tell the story of a mafia family under witness protection in France, who turn to their old habits when things don't go their way. Pfeiffer will play De Niro's arson-inclined wife, who likes to play with matches to even the score. Fucking awesome.

Trivia alert: De Niro and Pfeiffer last paried up in Matthew Vaughn's "Stardust" but this seems like a project a bit more worth their steel. Production is gearing to shoot in August for a 2013 release. [Variety]