NBC is throwing their hat into the vampire ring. At their summer TCA panel, they announced a new scripted series called Dracula. The most famous vampire of all will be played by Irish actor, Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
Tuesday afternoon, NBC made a big announcement. Network president Bob Greenblatt revealed that they’re reviving Dracula for TV. The grandfather of all vampires will be played by none other than Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
“We are ordering 10 episodes of a new series called Dracula,” announced Greenblatt. “This is a new version of the classic Bram Stoker’s Dracula. In a world of Twilight, True Blood and all the contemporized stories we thought we’d go back to the original.”
Despite the vintage material, the look and feel of the show will be clean and fresh. As impossible as it sounds, they want their version of the story to seem new. With Meyers as the star, Greenblatt says they’re “going to bring a sort of Tudors sensibility to Dracula.”
The Tudors was the Showtime drama Meyers headlined for four seasons. He earned several award nominations for his sexy and charismatic performance as Henry VIII. This time, he’ll tackle another icon, just in supernatural form.
The new Dracula will be faithful to the period, which is set in the 1890s. In a strange way, it will look into the future to create a unique version of the character.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen Meyers on television, but it’s a welcomed return. Prior to his run on The Tudors, he starred in the made-for-TV movie Elvis, which earned him a Golden Globe Award. He’s also appeared on the big screen in Match Point, Mission Impossible: III and Albert Nobbs.