Netflix announced today that John Heffernan (Collateral, The Crown), Joanna Scanlan (Hold The Sunset, No Offence), Dolly Wells (Can You Ever Forgive Me, 45 Years), Morfydd Clark (His Dark Materials, Patrick Melrose), Lujza Richter (Phantom Thread) and series co-writer Mark Gatiss (Doctor Who, Sherlock) have joined the cast of the new series “Dracula.”
They will star alongside Claes Bang in the title role of the new mini-series, in roles that will be revealed over the next few weeks. The series is inspired by Bram Stoker’s classic novel and is written by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. The series will begin filming this Spring.
Commissioned by BBC One, “Dracula” will be produced by Hartswood Films and is a co-production between BBC One and Netflix.
In a statement released today, Mark Gatiss added, “I’m running out of childhood dreams to come true. And what a delight to join this fantastic cast. The children of the night!”
Steven Moffat added, “So exciting to see an amazing new cast start to assemble, I hope Claes doesn’t eat them all.”
Three feature-length episodes will re-introduce the world to Dracula the vampire. Netflix described the series adding “In Transylvania in 1897, the blood-drinking Count is drawing his plans against Victorian London. And be warned: the dead travel fast.”
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.
The series will premiere on BBC One in the UK and on Netflix outside of the UK.
Netflix will most likely release a few teasers once the show moves farther along into production. We will also learn more of the characters and the assigned casting.