http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=40841 Source: Variety January 11, 2008 Salma Hayek has signed on to star opposite John C. Reilly in Universal Pictures' horror drama Cirque du Freak, which will mark her first acting role since her maternity leave. Production begins next month. Paul Weitz is directing the film, which is based on the best-selling 12-book children's series by Darren Shan. Weitz is also producing alongside Lauren Shuler Donner. Reilly will play a vampire who drafts a 14-year-old to serve as his assistant. The youth is turned into a half-vampire and becomes the catalyst in a battle between vampires and the rival Vampanese. Hayek will play Madame Truska, the bearded lady.