NBC Announces New Series 'Dracula' Starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers

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NBC is throwing its hat into the vampire genre with a new series based on Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel, Dracula.

"In the world of Twilight and True Blood and all the contemporized stories, we thought we'd go back to the original," NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt told reporters on Tuesday during the TCA Press tour.

With a 10-episode order, the period supernatural series will star The Tudors actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers. No other casting news is available at this time.

The series, which begins when Dracula arrives in London, comes from the producers behind Downton Abbey — which may explain the time and setting of the story. He pretends to be an American entrepreneur who wants to help usher new technology to the Victorian age. But really, he wants revenge on those that ruined his life years ago.

Dracula does hit a road bump in his journey to revenge. Not unlike The Vampire Diaries on The CW, he will get sidelined when he meets s woman who seems to be the reincarnation of his wife. Elena, much?

Aside from The Tudors, filmgoers will remember Meyers from his numerous films, including Match Point, Bend It Like Beckham and Velvet Goldmine.

What do you think about NBC’s entre into the genre? Tell us in the comments section below.

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  • elizabetha

    What an exciting piece to be given life again brilliant move He will rise from the ashes once more not since Gary Oldman have we seen such brilliance a perfect choice an exceptional actor Jonathan will give the character Truth & Respect. So NBC & Jonathan go have at it and educate the others on the class & truth of this Great Story. respectfully Elizabetha

  • Adrienne White
    Adrienne White

    Has anyone actually read Dracula? Not an attractive fellow, that one. Hideously ugly, with breath that smelled like rotten meat.

  • kozykatz

    Jonathan Rhys Meyers is a brilliant casting choice for Dracula. I can hardly wait to see this.

  • danielleakame

    oh he is great! and hot! yay glad to see him back. hopefully he stays sober! excited to see this!

  • Shaun Tyler
    Shaun Tyler

    this sounds interesting. I hope the writers, execs, and actors do it justice.