Good news for vampire fans. NBC is working on a new series inspired by Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers will star as the legendary blood sucker.
“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,” Michael Edelstein, President, NBCUniversal International Television Production said in a statement. “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."
Dracula’s team of producers includes Carnival Films & Television, the folks behind the Emmy Award-winning hit Downtown Abbey, and Flame Ventures and Program.
According to the release from NBC, the 10-episode series “will introduce 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.” Dracula's devious plans are put on hold when he falls in love with a woman who reminds him of his former wife.
Meyers has starred in such films as Mission Impossible III, Bend It Like Beckham, and Match Point, as well as the hit Showtime series The Tudors. The 34-year-old actor (who turns 35 tomorrow) has also modeled for Hugo Boss.
NBC will announce additional casting info at a later date. Who would you like to see play Dracula’s human love interest?