Dracula is a forthcoming 2019 British three-part television mini-series being co-written by Mark Gatiss (Jekyll series, 2007) and Stephen Moffat (Doctor Who). The BBC One show, first unveiled as ‘in development’ in June 2017, will be a co-production with Netflix, who will stream it outside the UK.
It has now been revealed that Claes Bang (last seen in The Girl In The Spider’s Web) will play Count Dracula. Bang said: “I am thrilled to be taking on the role of Dracula, especially when the script is in the hands of the incredible talents of Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss and the team responsible for Sherlock. I’m so excited that I get to dig in to this iconic and super-interesting character. Yes he’s evil, but there’s also so much more to him, he’s charismatic, intelligent, witty and sexy. I realise that there’s a lot to live up to with all the amazing people that have played him over the years, but I feel so privileged, to be taking on this incredible character.”
Inspired by Bram Stoker‘s novel, the mini-series will “re-introduce the world to Dracula, the vampire who made evil sexy” says a BBC press release. “In Transylvania in 1897, the blood drinking Count is drawing his plans against Victorian London. And be warned: the dead travel fast.”
“There have always been stories about great evil,” Sherlock creator Moffat and Gatiss say in the announcement. “What’s special about Dracula, is that Bram Stoker gave evil its own hero.”
Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama added, “Steven and Mark’s ingenious vision for Dracula is as clever as it is chilling. In their talented hands the fans will experience the power of Bram Stoker’s creation as if completely anew. We are thrilled to be collaborating with them and the brilliant team at Hartswood on yet another iconic British series.”
Dracula has been adapted by the BBC before, most notably in 2006 with Marc Warren in the title role and in 1977 with Louis Jourdan as The Count.
Meanwhile, Mark Gatiss has played Count Dracula himself in a 2016 Big Finish audio book adaptation.
Portrait of Bram Stoker by Aidan Hickey
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