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Kate Beckinsale Premieres "Underworld: Awakening"

Posted Friday January 20, 2012 12:36 AM GMT

Ready to usher her hit franchise's latest installment into theaters, Kate Beckinsale spearheaded the premiere of Screen Gems' "Underworld: Awakening" in Hollywood, California on Thursday night (January 19).

Held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, the 38-year-old big screen beauty was accompanied by husband Len Wiseman along with castmates Theo James, India Eisley and Michael Ealy.

With fellow stars such as Carmen Electra and Alex Vega turning up for the movie's debut, the red carpet event comes as "Underworld: Awakening" is set to open in theaters on Friday, January 20th.

Picking up pretty much where "Underworld: Evolution" left off, Miss Beckinsale recently told MTV News, "The Underworld is now not so much 'under' anymore. Humans are aware of vampires and werewolves. I wake up to find that I've been in some kind of coma for 12 years, and everything is different. As I'm discovering what's different about the world, the audience is on the same page with me, and then it turns out I had a daughter who's now 12, and that's pretty insane for my character."

Franchise newcomer Theo James added, "We're pushing the boundaries a bit. You have a lot more characters, and it's bigger. It's 90 minutes that doesn't really stop."

Fellow cast addition India Eisley echoed Theo's sentiments, as she said, "It's nonstop, back-to-back-to-back action."

Enjoy the pictures from the premiere of Screen Gems' "Underworld: Awakening" (January 19).

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