NBC Orders ‘Dracula’ Series Starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers

by | July 24, 2012 at 6:49 PM | TV News

Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Fang-tastic news for fans of the vampire genre.

NBC has ordered 10 episodes of a “provocative” new drama series based on the classic Bram Stoker novel, the network announced Tuesday.

Golden Globe winner Jonathan Rhys Meyers will star in the title role as “Dracula” in this “epic tale of love and revenge” that sounds a bit like it’s taking a page out of “The Vampire Diaries” and a bite out of “The Count of Monte Cristo.”

This version of the story, according to NBC’s press release, “introduces Dracula as he arrives in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who claims 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. There’s only one thing that could thwart his plan: Dracula falls hopelessly in love with a woman who seems to be a reincarnation of his dead wife.”

A co-production between NBC and Sky Living, “Dracula” comes from the producers of the hit series “Downton Abbey.”

“We are thrilled to produce this smart, sophisticated, and provocative re-imagining of ‘Dracula,’” said Universal Television Executive Vice President Bela Bajaria in a statement.
“It is a timeless tale with relevant, surprising twists and turns with the exquisite Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the marquee role.”

Meyers last appeared on television in Showtime’s period drama “The Tudors” (from 2007-2010), in which he played another legendary figure from history — Henry the VIII.