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July 25, 2012 1:07 PM
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Jonathan Rhys Meyers Will Play a (Probably Sexy) Vampire on NBC's 'Dracula'

Jonathan Rhys Meyers demonstrates he already has a thing for necks and menace in 'The Tudors' Showtime
Betting that we'll never tire of sultry vampires, NBC announced today that it was giving a ten-episode straight-to-series order to "Dracula," with "The Tudors" and "Velvet Goldmine" star Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the lead role.

The US/UK co-production is a loose take on Bram Stoker's novel, starting in 1896 as the bloodsucking count "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."

Oh, those ghostly wives, always gumming up the works!

"Dracula," which will begin shooting later this year, was written by Cole Haddon and is being produced by Carnival Films & Television, who also did "Downton Abbey." NBC's also developing "Munsters" reboot "Mockingbird Lane" and has "Silence of the Lambs" prequel series "Hannibal" in the works, so someone over there obviously likes monsters, human and otherwise.

Starz recently announced that it was developing a period vampire drama of its own -- J. Michael Straczynski's "Vlad Dracula," which will blend historical facts about Vlad III with details about the fictional Dracula.

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3 Comments

  • Laurie | October 10, 2012 4:38 PMReply

    JRM can bite my neck anytime!

  • Anne | July 30, 2012 6:34 PMReply

    Jonathan Rhys Meyers is the absolute best casting choice for Dracula. I can hardly wait till this series airs.

  • MARIBELL BLIZZ | July 28, 2012 4:02 PMReply

    WOW !... lets c how good he'll play the roll of Dracula.. so far 4 me it has been Frank Langella in the 1979 version of Dracula, and Gary Oldman in the 1993 version of Bram Stoker's Dracula.