Danish actor Claes Bang (The Girl in the Spider’s Web, The Affair, Borgen) has been cast as Dracula in the new miniseries by Sherlock creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss.
Three feature length episodes will re-introduce the world to Dracula, the vampire who “made evil sexy. In Transylvania in 1897, the blood-drinking Count is drawing his plans against Victorian London. And be warned: the dead travel fast.”
Claes Bang says: “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.”
Hartswood Films and the writers said: “It was one of those moments – who else could it be than Claes! He has it all. Brilliant, gorgeous, charismatic, lethal. Tall, dark and gruesome all at once. Hell has a new boss.”
A co-production between BBC and Netflix, it will screen in Australia on Netflix.
Larry Tanz, Vice President, Content Acquisition, Netflix, says: “Claes will bring Dracula to life with chilling charm and evil elegance. With his talents and Steven and Mark’s brilliant storytelling, Netflix members around the world will love to fear this dark and complex anti-hero.”
Filming begins next year.