Claes Bang cast as Dracula in Moffat and Gatiss's new series for the BBC and Netflix
The new Dracula TV series from Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss has found its lead star; Claes Bang has been cast as the vampire for the BBC production.
The actor made a statement regarding his casting in a BBC press release, expressing his joy at taking on the mantle of the infamous vampire character...
“I am thrilled to be taking on the role of Dracula, especially when the script is in the hands of the incredible talents of Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss and the team responsible for Sherlock. I'm so excited that I get to dig in to this iconic and super-interesting character. Yes he's evil, but there's also so much more to him, he’s charismatic, intelligent, witty and sexy. I realise 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.”
This latest adaptation of Dracula, will be produced by Hartswood Films and is a co-production between BBC One and Netflix, with the latter picking up streaming rights internationally. In their statement, the BBC confirmed that Dracula would consist of three feature length episodes which "will re-introduce the world to Dracula, the vampire who made evil sexy. In Transylvania in 1897, the blood-drinking Count is drawing his plans against Victorian London. And be warned: the dead travel fast."
Hartswood Films and writers Moffat and Gattis also made a statement:
“It was one of those moments - who else could it be than Claes! He has it all. Brilliant, gorgeous, charismatic, lethal. Tall, dark and gruesome all at once. Hell has a new boss."
Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, added:
“Hell has a new boss... and BBC One has an outstanding new leading man. To say we have lucked out with Claes would be to underestimate the supreme talents of Steven, Mark and the team at Hartswood and their knack for choosing the right actor to redefine an iconic role. Seriously exciting stuff...”
Finally, Larry Tanz, Vice President, Content Acquisition at Netflix said:
"Claes will bring Dracula to life with chilling charm and evil elegance. With his talents and Steven and Mark's brilliant storytelling, Netflix members around the world will love to fear this dark and complex anti-hero."
Filming will begin on Dracula in 2019. No airdate has yet been confirmed.