The rather lovely Melissa George (above) is continuing to give horror fans what they want as she joins the cast of upcoming ABC horror series, Gothica. George has appeared in a number of very enjoyable horror flicks including Triangle, 30 Days of Night, A Lonely Place to Die, Paradise Lost and The Amtityville Horror. Now she is set to take the lead role in Gothica.
The show has already cast Janet Montgomery as the other lead character of journalist Grace Van Helsing, Seth Gabel will play Roderick Usher, Tracie Thoms as Mina, Christopher Egan as Dorian Grey, Tom Ellis as Victor Frankenstein and Raza Jaffrey as John Harker.
Announced earlier this week was that Emma Booth (below) would be joining the cast as Madeline Usher.
Set in the present day, the project, created by Matt Lopez and exec produced by Mark Gordon and Nick Pepper of The Mark Gordon Co., weaves together a mythology that incorporates the legends of Dracula, Jekyll and Hyde, Frankenstein and Dorian Gray. It centers on journalist Grace Van Helsing (Janet Montgomery) who takes over her family’s hometown newspaper. George, repped by ICM Partners, 3 Arts and Smelkinson, will play Fiona Hunter, the series’ most formidable force, and everyone – from Grace, to Dorian (Chris Egan), to Victor Frankenstein (Tom Ellis) – will find their mettle and savvy tested by this deliciously cunning woman.
The ABC drama pilot “Gothica,” is co-produced by the ABC Studio-based Mark Gordon Co. with “Reaper” creators Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas serving as executive producers/showrunners, working alongside creator/executive producer Matt Lopez (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice), who wrote the pilot.
In this incarnation of the story Frankenstein runs a hospital that also does biotech research and believes that he may have a way to bring his recently deceased daughter back to life. Gray is a wealthy playboy.