Luke Evans is next in line to join the ranks with the likes of Bela Lugo, Max Schreck, Klaus Kinski, Christopher Lee, Frank Langella and Gary Oldman as the Wales born thesp has been cast to play the legendary king of the vampires in Universal's reboot of Dracula.
According to THR, in his first starring role for a studio, Evans (picture above) has gned to topline in Dracula Year Zero, Universal’s dramatic horror movie telling an origin story of the most famous of vampires. (UPDATE: A Universal rep says the film will now be called mply Dracula.)
Michael De Luca is producing the project, which has quietly been greenlit 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.
Universal, once the home for literature’s most horrifying characters, set the tone for Dracula’s screen image for decades with its 1931 clasc. Now this project hopes to set the tone for the modern age with a historical-oriented origin story. 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.