Star of NBC’s The River, Thomas Kretschmann recently appeared in Dario Argento’s yet to be released Dracula 3D as Dracula himself. Now, in a strange turn of events, the German actor has been cast as Van Helsing in NBC’s new Dracula series which is expected to air this Autumn.
In this version of the Dracula tale, Abraham Van Helsing is a professor whose “obsession with revenge and power may make him a more dangerous threat to the public than Dracula himself.”
Oliver Jackson-Cohen (The Raven) will play Jonathan Harker, a journalist determined to climb the social ranks. Already cast in the series is Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Dracula; Jessica DeGouw as Mina; Katie McGrath as Lucy; and Nonso Anozie as Renfield.
“Dracula,” a co-production from British Sky Broadcasting, Carnival Films & Television, Flame Ventures and NBC Universal, hails from Tony Krantz (“24,” “Sports Night”) and former HBO Films president Colin Callender and writer-creator Cole Haddon (who will co-exec produce).
Dracula arrives in London; posing as an American entrepreneur who wants to bring modern science to the Victorian society even though his real intention is to take revenge on those who destroyed his life centuries earlier, but he falls in love with a with a woman who seems to be a reincarnation of his dead wife.