Coming off his role in Fede Alvarez’s The Girl in the Spider’s Web, It is being reported by Deadline, that Danish actor Claes Bang will take on the role of Count Dracula for a new mini series coming from Netflix and BBC.
According to BBC, “Bang will take on the lead role in the three-part series for the SVOD service and British public broadcaster with filming set to start next year.”
The mini series will consist of 90-minute episodes, and is written and created by the team who brought the hit series Sherlock to life, Steven Moffat & Mark Gatiss. The series will be largely inspired by inspired by Bram Stoker’s classic novel.
“In Transylvania in 1897, the blood drinking Count is drawing his plans against Victorian London.”
“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,” said Bang. “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.”
Dracula was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content and Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama. It is written and created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss; executive producers are Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue for Hartswood Films, Ben Irving for BBC and it will be handled by Larry Tanz for Netflix.
The series will premiere on BBC One in the UK and on Netflix outside of the UK. Production is expected begin early next year.