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Jonathan Rhys Meyers sinks his teeth into NBC's Dracula

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Story by Jack Foley

JONATHAN Rhys Meyers is to play Dracula in a 10-part new series for NBC.

Dracula, which has gone straight to a full series order, has been described by NBC Entertainment president Robert Greenblatt as a “new version of the classic Bram Stoker” tale.

It will be set in the 1890s and finds Dracula living a double life in London as an American businessman interested in bringing modern science to Victorian society.

His true plan, though, is to exact revenge on those who burdened him centuries ago. But it’s put to the test when he falls in love.

Greenblatt added: “In the world of Twilight and True Blood and all the contemporized stories, we thought we’d go back to the original.”

Hence, the series will stay true to the time period but look toward the future.

British Sky Broadcasting are also helping to produce the series, which should be aired on Sky Living in the UK.

Additional casting and production details will be announced in due course. But Dracula is the second supernatural series that NBC is getting behind as part of its new slate, as a reboot of The Munsters is also in the works.

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