It would appear that Netflix and BBC loved Claes Bang’s work from ‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’ and has cast him in their upcoming series ‘Dracula.’ The mini-series is slated to be 3 mini-movies in the form of 90-minute episodes and is being produced by Hartswood Films, the same people who gave us ‘Sherlock.’
Behind-the-scenes we know that Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss created this new take on the iconic bloodsucker and have written the story as well. The series will take on Bram Stoker’s original creation as it appears to be set in 1897 Transylvania where the blood drinking Count is drawing his plans against Victorian London.
According to Bang:
“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.”
Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, added:
“Hell has a new boss… and BBC One has an outstanding new leading man. To say we have lucked out with Claes would be to underestimate the supreme talents of Steven, Mark and the team at Hartswood and their knack for choosing the right actor to redefine an iconic role. Seriously exciting stuff.”
It sounds as if we’ll have an exciting ride ahead of us with Bang as Dracula and one can only hope that Moffat can deliver a solid story throughout all three installments.
Are you excited that ‘Dracula’ is moving forward by Netflix and BBC? Who would you have cast for this role if you could choose any actor out there? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Source: Deadline Hollywood