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Luke Evans Will Star In A Dracula Origin Story, Will Probably Wind Up Shirtless


He’s played a Aramis, Apollo, and Zeus in his time but actor Luke Evans is ready to take on another classic role; that of Dracula in Universal’s vampire origin story. 

Hilariously, The Hollywood Reporter originally had Dracula Year Zero as the title for the film but has since been contacted by Universal who said it will simply be called Dracula. So at least they have some sense. Here’s the details:

Michael De Luca is producing the project, which quietly has been greenlighted and hopes to start shooting later this year. Commercials helmer Gary Shore is making his directorial debut on the picture. Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless wrote the script. Alissa Phillips is executive producing.

The story of Dracula has been told countless times in media and the role played by many actors. Just how will Dracula’s story unfold this time around? “This project hopes to set the tone for the modern age with a historical-oriented origin story,” said THR. “The script tells of a young prince who, when the lives of his wife and child are put in danger by a bloodthirsty sultan, risks his soul to save them, and in the process becomes the first vampire.”

I’m a Dracula fan, and Evans is a good actor, but I’m not holding out much hope for this one, you?

(via The Hollywood Reporter, image via Alissa Parsons)

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  • Anonymous

    I don’t mind reinvention that much but when you reboot a classic villain, make sure he’s evil. Since Buffy, it feels like every vampire story that comes out, including Coppola’s Dracula, has a romantic twist to it.

    Vlad the Impaler might have been more sadistic than the vampire based on him. Don’t turn him into a hero!

  • Anonymous

    Though in fairness, Buffy’s Dracula was a bad guy.

  • http://twitter.com/urbansuburbia Marie

    I hate to be one of “those” geeks but Dracula is the thing that I hate when people mess with. I want a band of people chasing a monster across Europe and killing him. I don’t want romance, I don’t want to see Dracula’s “human side”…These kind of remakes make me nervous. :-/

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    Dark Prince….bator

  • Anonymous

    Author Margot Adler has suggested that every society invents the vampire it needs. The original Dracula was a foreign predator bringing tainted soil. Vampire films of the 70s and 80s were heavy on disease and addiction metaphors. Her theory on the current vampire archetype found in Angel, Edward, and the Vampire Diaries guys is a very powerful being trying their hardest to be moral. This is a perfect symbol for our current age trying very, very hard to be moral despite great wealth and power.

  • http://anna.balasi.com/ AnnaB

    I used to like it when they did Human!Vampire, but I’m all Human!Vampired-out. I’ve lately appreciated Villain!Vampire a lot more, if only to freshen my palette for the genre. Maybe that’s why I still enjoy the Van Helsing anime–he’s not a “bad” Vampire, but he’s still very enigmatic and there’s an ambivalence to why he does things, whether it’s to help or kill (or both).

  • Anonymous

    I don’t mind having a good vampire here and then (I’m a big Buffy fan) but my problem is changing Dracula. If they have an idea about a good vampire, they shouldn’t use that name.

  • Mina

    Same. The novel is one of my favorite books, so I always love a classic portrayal of Dracula the vampire as a sophisticated, cunning, manipulative villain. I also went through a brief obsessive interest in Vlad Tepes, so I also enjoy portrayals of the historical Dracula. I even really enjoy a mixture of the two, like in The Historian. This sounds like it’s a mixture. If it’s a good mixture that stays fairly true to those roots, I’ll enjoy it. If it makes Dracula too likable, romantic, heroic, or otherwise sympathetic a character, I probably will not. That just isn’t Dracula.

  • Anonymous

    Seconded!

  • Anonymous

    Seconded!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Amedyr Annita Wright Battelli Cunha

    All I read was “Luke Evans” and “Dracula”. I’ll be happy as long as he doesn’t sparkle.