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nbc Jonathan Rhys Meyers To Star in NBC 'Dracula' Series

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NBC has given the green light to the 10-episode series Dracula, with Jonathan Rhys Myers (The Tudors) set to play the title role. The series was bought by NBC in January with a ?script-to-series? commitment, meaning that if executives liked it it would not have to go through a pilot pitch. Why mess around with no-name vampires when you can get back to basics with the most famous one of all? And then of course, why make him audition?

The series has beed called ?Dangerous Liasions meets The Tudors,? and that last part is not just because of Meyers? old job. Dracula will take place in the 1890s, and is being produced in part by Carnival Films & Television, who also produces Downton Abbey (maybe we?ll get an upcoming series Dowager Countess: Zombie Avenger?) For more on Dracula, hit the jump.

The project will reunite Meyers with NBC?s Bob Greenblatt, who cast him in his iconic role on The Tudors when Greenblatt was still with Showtime. Greenblatt also gave him his first starring role in the CBS telefilm Elvis.

According to Deadline, the Dracula of this series will arrive in London posing as an American entrepreneur who claims to want to bring modern science to Victorian society (sounds like a steampunk dream!) However, similar to the Count of Monte Cristo, his actual desire is to wreck havoc on the people who ruined his life centuries earlier (are those people still alive? Hmm). Of course there is a woman, and she is ? naturally ? an almost a perfect reincarnation of his dead wife.

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only 10 eps? But NBC loves to do 23 long, drawn-out, overplayed episodes in a season

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only 10 eps? But NBC loves to do 23 long, drawn-out, overplayed episodes in a season

looks like Sky over here in UK are helping with the funding and making

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Hopefully its good. I am so tired of watching reruns of crap all summer. When do our new shows finally start? End of August?

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Merlin alumna Katie McGrath and Game of Thrones? Nonso Anozie can now count Dracula among their credits.

The pair have been cast as series regulars in NBC?s 10-episode drama about the iconic vampire (portrayed by Jonathan Rhys Meyers), TVLine has learned.

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I hope this is as good as it looks.

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Thomas Kretschmann (King Kong) has joined NBC?s Dracula as the legendary Abraham Van Helsing ? but the character?s not the heroic hunter other vamp dramas have made him out to be.

In the forthcoming period drama, TVLine has learned, Kretschmann?s Van Helsing is a brilliant professor obsessed with revenge and power. He may be a greater threat to the public than the titular count (played by The Tudors? Jonathan Rhys Meyers).

British actor Oliver Jackson-Cohen also has been cast as Jonathan Harker, a handsome and tenacious journalist desperate to become an artstocrat.

(http://tvline.com/2013/02/11/dracula-season-1-cast-thomas-kretschmann-van-helsing/)

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