Sam Worthington Confirmed for ‘Dracula: Year Zero’

Published 5 years ago by , Updated May 26th, 2014 at 12:07 pm,

Sam Worthington has led numerous armies into battle, traveling to countless foreign lands, in order to conquer the box office: post-apocalyptic America, ancient Greece, and the jungles of Pandora.

Today, we’re getting confirmation that the go-to action hero is preparing to lead a new revolt – in Transylvania. Worthington is officially on-board to play the titular blood-sucker prince in Dracula: Year Zero.

Australian magazine Encore dropped the news earlier this morning in a post that has since been removed (though a mirror is still available).

According to the original report:

During his presentation at the AIMC, Universal managing director Mike Baard said Universal plays “an active role in developing new Australian stories for Australian audiences” and said the studio would partner with Alex Proyas on the large scale Dracula: Year Zero, which will be shot here, with local crews, locations and cast (with Sam Worthington in the lead role).

While the initial Encore article only made casual mention of Worthington’s involvement, Baard was quick to plug the leak – seemingly corroborating its validity.

“I would ask please that all reporting of our presentation be removed from your website with immediate effect and that no reference is made to it in any future publication of Encore Magazine or on your website. Universal Pictures reserves its rights in this matter.”

If you’re still not convinced, Collider has stepped into the ring as well – confirming that Worthington has the titular role in Dracula: Year Zero. Although they were reticent with regard to their source.

We first got word of Worthington’s potential involvement back in January, shortly after director, Alex Proyas (I, Robot) mentioned Year Zero would probably be his next project.

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While Worthington might not initially sound like the ideal choice to don a cape and tuxedo, ala Béla Lugosi, the plug-n-play action lead is right in line with the direction of the Year Zero story:

“Dracula: Year Zero explores the origin of Dracula, weaving vampire mythology with the true history of Prince Vlad the Impaler. It seeks to depict Dracula as a flawed hero in a tragic love story set in a dark age of magic and war.”

Proyas is still attached to direct – with a script penned by screenwriters Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless. Interestingly, Sazama and Sharpless are also responsible for the Flash Gordon script – in which Worthington was, at one time, rumored to star.

An imperfect soldier taking on an army of evil robots, I mean aliens, I mean Gods, I mean the Ottoman Empire, definitely sounds right up Worthington’s alley. He’s the obvious, although uninspired choice, which is unfortunate because Year Zero could have been an interesting, character-driven, story.

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Instead, it’s going to be the ultimate box-office mash-up, Clash of the Titans meets Twilight, starring the least versatile actor in Hollywood. Hopefully Worthington will at least be able to channel Dominic Purcell’s “Dracula” (aka Drake) bad-assery from Blade: Trinity.

Dracula: Year Zero is slated for a June 2011 shoot (though it’s still in the early production stages) – so anything can change. We’ll keep you updated with further information and casting additions as they are announced.

Source: Encore [via Collider]

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  1. Yeah, he could make a cool blood-suckin Terminator vamp.

  2. im on worthington overload, the guy needs to go away

    • @ anthony …. I heavily disagree,

      • me too

        • me three!

  3. Is Worthington really less versatile than Channing Tatum???

    • Actually, I saw Eagle Of The Ninth about six months ago at a test screening, and Channing Tatum was really good in that

  4. This sounds very intresting I’ll be looking forward
    to future updates on this ^_^

  5. did NOT like his poor attempt at an American accent in Avatar.

    other than that, hope he can pull this role off.

    although, i can’t imagine him as Dracula…weird.

  6. I was more interested in this before I saw Sam Worthington. I’ve lost a little interest.

    • Yep, it just doesn’t mix with what I was expecting so it leaves me with with a bad taste about the tone of the movie. Should Dracula be as one dimensional and bland as Perseus? I guess we’ll see…maybe Worthington’s got some tricks up his sleeves. A hidden personality perhaps?

      • I know his acting suck in clash of the titans, too much of a cry baby kind of like epsode 1 and 2 of a certain galaxy movie, too much possing as well. maybe he’ll gat better sooner than later.

    • Me too, I thought this had the potential to be a really interesting project, but Worthington is just a blank slate beef cake, people tout him as the new big action star but he doesnt have the personality.

  7. Sam Worthington is one of my favorite actors, he is the man! I love how people always have different opinions, anyway I respect everyone’s opinion!

  8. Their was nothing wrong with Sam Worthington’s American accent in Avatar. It was sort of “East Coast-ish influenced by the West”. The only time he messed up his American accent was one sentence in Terminator Salvation when he was chained up and yelling in John Conner’s face. But then again I DON’T CARE!!! I love Sam Worthington in any movie, with any accent. I’m going through with-drawls, I need MORE Sam :-) Half man, half anything.

    • I think yelling without an accent might be pretty hard. If you watch “Fringe” the only time Anna Torv ever slips up is when she has to yell. 😉

  9. I am so looking forward to this!

  10. Worthington is one of the most blandest least interesting leading men in history. He makes Kevin Costner look like Jack Nicholson.

    • I totally agree. I can’t for the life of me understand why he’s been given all these parts? He must be incredible off screen because he’s utterly lifeless on it.

  11. They should’ve just brought back Gary Oldman.

    • Agreed.

  12. Is this guy the Last Action Hero left?

    • No, that would be Jason Statham. Doing your own driving stunts and fight scenes > rolling around a big green room looking at tennis balls.

  13. Worthington and vampires do seem to be very conspicuous in the industry these days, and far be it from me to judge, nut I tend to agree with Dr Sam and dude on this one.

    • *BUT* I tend to agree…sheesh!

  14. Vampires,,,, what’s the deal, who gives a crp?

    They suck blood and turn people into zombies. Oh look out he just turned into a bat! Look out the suns coming up, he’s sparkling??? who cares,,,
    I don’t get the vampire worship. Just don’t, very uninteresting and tired. Its like a mental disease with some people.

  15. 790 the same could be said about anything you like.

    What’s the big deal they just fly around in a ship all day and look at planets.

    Who cares all they do is put on a costum and hit people.

    I’m just saying if you don’t like vampires fine but there is nothing wrong with those of us who like a good vamp story. Not all of them are as crappy as twilight. Just don’t watch vampire movies and you’ll be fine. I hate zombie films but I’m not gonna bash the genre it’s just not for me.

  16. When I saw Worthington in “Terminator”, I realized why they’d cast him as a robot – he IS one. This man hasn’t a single ounce of personality; he’s bland, emotionless – a beefcake reciting lines. And now he’s been cast to play one of the most infamous, psychologically tortured persons in literature? No way. This film will bomb if they don’t recast the part.

  17. Dracula will look like a rugby player? O’K. Apocalypse is not far… ))

  18. Has anyone considered that perhaps it’s Worthington’s material that limited his acting potential in Clash? I think he did well in Avatar. I also like the fact that they are re-vamping the Dracula legend.

  19. count on seeing alot of him until another hot English/Australian/new Zealand/Irish/Scottish/Welch/ action star comes into play.