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Thomas Kretschmann to play Van Helsing in NBC's Dracula


Story by Jack Foley

THOMAS Kretschmann is to play Van Helsing in NBC’s Dracula.

The actor, whose past credits include Valkyrie (pictured) and King Kong, lines up alongside Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the lavish series.

Mr Selfridge‘s Oliver Jackson-Cohen has also joined the cast as Jonathan Harker.

The 10-episode series will be set in the 1890s and finds Dracula (Meyers) living a double life in London as an American businessman interested in bringing modern science to Victorian society.

His true reason for being in the capital, however, is to exact revenge on those who burdened him centuries ago, only to find his plan complicated when he falls in love with Mina (Arrow‘s Jessica DeGouw), who seems to be a reincarnation of his dead wife.

In a departure from previous incarnations of the classic story, the Van Helsing character is not the classic hero of old, but rather a similarly brilliant professor who is obsessed with revenge and makes him more of a threat to the public than to Dracula.

Harker, meanwhile, is a tenacious journalist desperate to climb the ranks of aristocracy and stay there.

The series is based on a script by co-executive producer Cole Haddon and should begin airing in the US this autumn.

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