Underworld: Blood Wars invites moviegoers back to a place where humans, vampires and werewolves coexist in action-packed disharmony. For those embarking on their first voyage to the Underworld, or returnees whose “blood memory” needs refreshing, we’ve retraced the bloodline of key biters, howlers and humans to get you up to speed before seeing the latest chapter of the hit supernatural saga.
Alexander Corvinus – The Originator
Unlike the supernatural creatures of classic horror fiction like Dracula or the recent Twilight series, the vampires and lycans (werewolves) of the Underworld aren’t naturally occurring creatures but rather the result of a viral strain that originated in Alexander Corvinus (played by Derek Jacobi in 2006’s Underworld: Evolution), a fifth-century Hungarian warlord whose encounter with an unknown plague imprinted his DNA with the gene for immortality.
William Corvinus — Lycan
Alexander passed his unique genetic code onto twin sons William and Marcus, the first of whom was bitten by a wolf and became the first werewolf. Unlike his lycan descendants, who would be able to revert back to human form, William was trapped in a state of feral barbarism that resulted in the rampant spread of the werewolf virus throughout the Underworld. He was portrayed by creature actor Brian Steele in the first Underworld, Evolution and Rise of the Lycans.
Marcus Corvinus — Vampire
William’s twin brother, Marcus, also inherited the gene for immortality from his father. Bitten by a bat, the combination of the Corvinus Strain in his blood plus the bat DNA turned him into the first vampire. Briefly mentioned in the first Underworld and played by actor Tony Curran in Underworld: Evolution, Marcus was able to exercise greater control over his animalistic viral strain than his brother.
Amelia — Vampire
In order to stop William and the rampant spread of the werewolf virus throughout the Underworld, Marcus Corvinus created two vampire allies. The first was the beautiful and strong Amelia (played by Zita Görög), who is seen at the end of her century-long reign in Underworld and in flashbacks helping Marcus capture William in Underworld: Evolution.
Viktor — Vampire
Marcus Corvinus also recruited the ruthless Hungarian warlord Viktor (played in the first three movies by Bill Nighy) to help capture William. Viktor agreed to offer Marcus his military expertise and army in exchange for being turned into an immortal vampire. A first-generation vampire and member of the original triumvirate of vampire elders (along with Marcus and Amelia), Viktor’s army of werewolf-slayers were the forerunners of what would later be called “Death Dealers.”
Sonja — Vampire
Seen briefly in the original Underworld and featured prominently in the prequel Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009), Sonja (Rhona Mitra) was Viktor’s vampire daughter. An exceptional warrior and member of the Vampire Council, Sonja was being groomed by her father for an eventual position as an elder; however, a secret love affair with Lucian (Michael Sheen), the first lycan, caused the Vampire Council to accuse her of treason and sentence her to death by sunlight.
Selene — Vampire
Grieving the loss of Sonja, Viktor turned a young human girl named Selene into his vampire-daughter substitute. She would grow up to be the central heroine of the Underworld saga and is played by Kate Beckinsale. A prominent Death Dealer, Selene initially relished her role as lycan slayer because she believed the lycans killed her family; she later learned that Viktor killed them. For Selene, the Underworld would, from then on, be a place where no lycan or vampire could be easily trusted.
Michael Corvin – Hybrid
Selene’s love interest in the Underworld saga is trauma surgeon Michael Corvin (Scott Speedman), whom she rescued from an apparent attack by lycans in the opening scenes of the first Underworld. Selene later learned that Michael is an ancestor of Alexander Corvinus and was targeted by Lucian because he carries the dormant Corvinus Strain, which Lucian had hoped to combine with his own DNA in order to become the first vampire/lycan hybrid. It’s Michael himself, however, who becomes the first hybrid after being bitten by Lucian and, later, by Selene, who sought to revive him following a silver nitrate attack from villainous vampire Kraven (Shane Brolly).
Eve — Hybrid
In Underworld: Awakening (2012), the government has finally grown aware of the existence of vampires and lycans and captures Selene and Michael for study. Twelve years later, Selene wakes up from cryogenic sleep in a government research facility and meets a mysterious young girl named Eve (India Eisley), who possesses both vampire and lycan abilities. Selene soon realizes that Eve is her daughter with Michael and that Eve’s unique hybrid blood is being used by the lycans in order to create a race of super lycans.
David — Vampire
In Underworld: Awakening, Selene also met Vampire Council member David (Divergent series star Theo James), whose secret connection to an aforementioned character on our “Bloodline” will be revealed in Underworld: Blood Wars. David grows to be a trusted ally of Selene in Awakening and will play a key role in her ongoing struggle to protect herself and her daughter Eve from bloodthirsty lycans and traitorous vampires in Blood Wars.
Thomas – Vampire
Also introduced in Underworld: Awakening is David’s father, vampire coven leader Thomas, played by Charles Dance (Lord Tywin Lannister in HBO’s Game of Thrones). Initially hostile to Selene, whom he blamed for the deaths of Vampire Elders Marcus and Viktor, Thomas changed his opinion of her after she brought his son David back to life following a lycan attack. In Underworld: Blood Wars, Charles will rely on Selene’s ferocious battle skills in the ongoing war against the lycans and their new leader, Marius.
Semira – Vampire
Also introduced in Blood Wars is the gorgeous and cunning vampire Semira, played by Lara Pulver (Edge of Tomorrow, Da Vinci’s Demons). Leader of the Eastern Coven, Semira initially wants to punish Selene for her part in the deaths of Vampire Elders Viktor and Marcus but instead offers her amnesty in exchange for training a new squad of Death Dealers. To find out her true intentions for Selene, check out Blood Wars in theaters January 6.