Danish actor Claes Bang has officially been cast in the title role for Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’ Dracula mini-series.
The series, based on the novel by Bram Stoker, is a co-production between BBC One and Netflix, and is being produced by Hartswood Films, the same company responsible for Moffat and Gatiss’ Sherlock.
Dracula will consist of three feature-length episodes, and will follow the famous vampire from Transylvania to 1897 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 in a statement. “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.”
Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, said: “Hell has a new boss… and BBC One has an outstanding new leading man. To say we have lucked out with Claes would be to underestimate the supreme talents of Steven, Mark and the team at Hartswood and their knack for choosing the right actor to redefine an iconic role. Seriously exciting stuff…”
Hartswood, Moffat and Gatiss 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.”
Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, says, “Hell has a new boss… and BBC One has an outstanding new leading man. To say we have lucked out with Claes would be to underestimate the supreme talents of Steven, Mark and the team at Hartswood and their knack for choosing the right actor to redefine an iconic role. Seriously exciting stuff…”
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.
Bang is currently appearing in The Girl In The Spider’s Web opposite Claire Foy.
Dracula will premiere on BBC One in the UK and on Netflix outside of the UK. Get all the latest sci-fi news with every issue of SciFiNow.