Dracula has found his Van Helsing. Thomas Kretschmann (Wanted), who will play the famous vampire hunter, and Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Mr. Selfridge) have been cast in the upcoming NBC/Sky Living HD 10-episode drama series Dracula starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
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The series re-introduces Dracula (Meyers) as he arrives in London posing as American entrepreneur Alan Grayson, who maintains that he wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. In reality he hopes to wreak revenge on the people who ruined his life centuries earlier, but he falls hopelessly in love with Mina Murray (Jessica De Gouw), who appears to be the reincarnation of his dead wife. Kretschmann, repped by APA and attorney David Fox, will play Abraham Van Helsing who, in this version of the story, is a brilliant professor with a seemingly cool exterior whose obsession with revenge and power may make him a more dangerous threat to the public than Dracula himself. Jackson-Cohen, repped by WME, Management 360 and UK’s United Agents, plays the handsome Jonathan Harker, a tenacious and slightly gauche journalist desperate to climb the ranks of aristocracy — and stay there. Also previously cast in the series are Katie McGrath, Nonso Anozie and Victoria Smurfit. Based on a script by co-executive producer Cole Haddon, Dracula is executive produced by Colin Callender for Playground, Tony Krantz for Flame Ventures, Gareth Neame for Carnival Films, Dan Knauf, and Universal Television.