The creators of ‘Sherlock’, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, have gone back to a legendary work of literature, Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’ for the inspiration for their latest drama. Similar to ‘Sherlock’, ‘Dracula’ will consist of three 90-minute installments– essentially three movies, as opposed to typical TV episodes.
Claes Bang (‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’) stars as the titular Count. John Heffernan (‘The Crown’) co-stars as Jonathan Harker. The cast also includes Dolly Wells as Sister Agatha, Joanna Scanlan as Mother Superior, Morfydd Clark as Mina Harker, Lujza Richter as Elena, Mark Gatiss as Frank, Jonathan Aris as Captain Sokolov, Sacha Dhawan as Dr. Sharma, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett as Adisa, Catherine Schell as Grand Duchess Valeria, Youssef Kerkour as Olgaren, Clive Russell as Valentin, Lyndsey Marshal as Bloxham, Chanel Cresswell as Katherine, Matthew Beard as Jack, Lydia West as Bloofer Lady, Sarah Niles as Meg, and Natasha Radski as Mother.
At the ‘Dracula’ premiere event, Moffat stated:
“We’d done Sherlock Holmes and the second most filmed character as we make our way down the list of plagiarism, was Dracula. As we talked about it, we started having ideas that we thought were quite good. It got to the point where we thought we should take this seriously.”
‘Dracula’ hails from BBC One, and will be carried around the globe on various BBC networks. In the US, it will be offered on Netflix. Due to this dual release, each outlet has released its own promotional trailer.
The Netflix trailer highlights the disturbing gore, with a fly on someone’s eyeball, a partly severed fingernail, and of course blood. You can watch that clip below:
The BBC trailer is… odd. But hey, it features vampire-slaying nuns and is set to the tune of Iggy Pop’s “Lust For Life.” Check it out:
‘Dracula’ will be released on BBC One on New Years Day. It will arrive on Netflix in the US on January 4, 2020.
Source: Entertainment Weekly