Underworld: Awakening is the fourth film in the series about a war between the vampire and werewolf races. Rise of the Lycans, the previous film, was a prequel to the first film Underworld and Underworld: Evolution. Underworld Awakening appears to be a direct sequel to Underworld: Evolution.
Kate Beckinsale, the star of the first two films, returns in her lead role as the vampire Selene, who escapes imprisonment to find herself in a world where humans have discovered the existence of both Vampire and Lycan clans, and are conducting an all-out war to eradicate both immortal species.
Although I enjoyed Underworld: Rise of the Lycans and thought Rhona Mitra was fine in the lead role as Sonja, I much prefer the modern setting and Kate Beckinsale as Selene from the previous two films. The trailer tells us that Selene has been held captive (presumably by humans) for twelve years. Selene escapes and is caught in the war between Humans, Vampires and Lycans. The trailer also hints that the half-breed child of Selene and Michael is alive and mixed up in the war – but on whose side? Underworld: Awakening is set for release on January 20, 2012 and I for one can hardly wait! Enjoy the trailer!