Jonathan Rhys Meyers to become Dracula for new NBC vampire series!

Vintage Dracula in coffin

Er, not you, Gramps, we’re looking for a much sexier Dracula…

Step aside, Salvatore brothers and all you other pretenders to the throne, the daddy of all vampire fiction is coming back to TV! That’s right, Bram Stoker’s legendary Dracula is being made into a television series thanks to a joint venture between NBC and the UK’s Sky Living.

And in a genius casting move, The Tudors star Jonathan Rhys Meyers has signed up to play the nocturnal menace. This guy has cheekbones so perfect he could out-Somerhalder the Vampire Diaries‘ Ian Somerhalder.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers in The Tudors

Set in Victorian London, the 10 episode series is billed as a “sexy, updated twist on the classic” story of Dracula. And since we can’t particularly end up rooting for a villain, the character of Dracula will be painted in a slightly more sympathetic light. Here’s the official word from NBC/Sky Living:

The 10-episode series introduces Dracula as he arrives in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who maintains that he wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. In reality, he hopes to wreak revenge on the people who ruined his life centuries earlier. There’s only one circumstance that can potentially thwart his plan: Dracula falls hopelessly in love with a woman who seems to be a reincarnation of his dead wife.

Yes, you read that last sentence correctly – and it certainly brings back memories of the first season of Vampire Diaries. But I’m not complaining. Despite the saturation of vampire dramas in recent years, the story of Dracula remains the all-time classic, and I can’t wait to see what Rhys Meyers does with the role.

Backing up the on-camera talent is a seasoned team responsible for some of TV’s finest shows from  24 to Downton Abbey:

Based on a script by co-executive producer Cole Haddon, “Dracula” will be executive-produced by former president of HBO Films and Emmy winner Colin Callender (“The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby”) for Playground, Tony Krantz (“24″, “Sports Night”) for Flame Ventures, Gareth Neame (“Downton Abbey”) for Carnival Films & Television (part of NBCUniversal International Television Production), Anne Mensah for Sky, and Universal Television. Reece Pearson from Flame Ventures is also co-executive producer.

Announcing the new series, NBC’s chairman Bob Greenblatt said “In the world of Twilight and True Blood… we thought we’d go back to the original”. He also mentioned that they would be bringing a ‘Tudors sensibility’ to the show.

Are you excited to see a Dracula series in production or are you getting tired of vampire dramas? Let us know in the comments!

by Gerard McGarry on July 25th, 2012

Gerard is the founder and editor of Unreality TV. He writes about TV dramas as well as reality TV talent shows and is obsessed by sci-fi and Doctor Who. Follow him on Twitter @gerrybot or Google+

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