If you’re looking forward to Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss‘s upcoming Dracula miniseries, you’ll want to sink your teeth into the first images of Claes Bang in the title role.
The U.K.’s BBC One – which is co-distributing the series with Netflix, its U.S. home – shared the images on Twitter. One shows Bang’s Dracula looking relaxed and dapper, but the other hints at darkness to come by showing him with a blood-spattered face.
Written and created by former Doctor Who showrunner Moffat and Gatiss, who also teamed up for the Emmy-winning Sherlock, Dracula is being billed as a “reinvention” of Bram Stoker‘s iconic tale. Three 90-minute episodes set in Victorian England are being filmed now in Slovakia.
When Danish actor Bang was cast as the blood-loving count last November, he said of his version of the classic baddie: “Yes he’s evil, but there’s also so much more to him: he’s charismatic, intelligent, witty and sexy. I realize that there’s a lot to live up to with all the amazing people that have played him over the years, but I feel so privileged to be taking on this incredible character.”
Gatiss has already predicted that three-quarters of the population will “fancy” Bang romantically, adding: “I don’t know what’s wrong with the other quarter to be honest!”
Along with the first-look images, BBC One has announced a raft of new cast members for the miniseries, including Lyndsey Marshal (The League Of Gentlemen), Chanel Cresswell (This Is England), Matthew Beard (The Imitation Game), Lydia West (Years & Years), Paul Brennen (Happy Valley), Sarah Niles (Catastrophe), Sofia Oxenham (Poldark), John McCrea (God’s Own Country), Phil Dunster (Humans), and TV newcomer Millicent Wong.
Dracula is expected to air on Netflix in the U.S. and BBC One in the U.K. later this year – and frankly, it sounds as if it’s shaping up to be… brace yourself for a shameless pun… fang-tastic.
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