Jonathan Rhys Meyers Stars in DraculaLove this bit of casting news…
NBC and Sky Living HD have announced Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors) will star in the new dramatic series Dracula based on the classic Bram Stoker novel. Rhys Meyers will play Dracula in the 10 episode series, with additional casting news and production updates expected soon.
Co-executive producer Cole Haddon wrote the script and filming will begin later this year.
Announcing the series, Michael Edelstein, President, NBCUniversal International Television Production, said: “We are delighted that Jonathan Rhys Meyers has chosen this project to return to television and have built an amazing team of producers behind the camera to deliver this extraordinary show. Since 1897, the story of Dracula has captivated readers and viewers alike and this sexy, updated twist on the classic also promises not to disappoint.”
Mensah, Sky’s Head of Drama, added: “I am so pleased to be announcing our first-ever co-production with NBC Universal and we are delighted to be bringing an actor as exciting as Jonathan Rhys Meyers to Sky. Dracula combines the biggest and best talent both in front of and behind the camera and will keep our customers intrigued and enthralled. With its dark, twisted and intelligent script it absolutely sets the scale, tone and ambition for future dramas on Sky Living.”
The 10-episode series introduces Dracula as he arrives in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who maintains that he wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. In reality, he hopes to wreak revenge on the people who ruined his life centuries earlier. There’s only one circumstance that can potentially thwart his plan: Dracula falls hopelessly in love with a woman who seems to be a reincarnation of his dead wife.