BBC One has released the first look images from Sherlock creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat's upcoming Dracula TV series. The show is led by Claes Bang, the Danish actor who only popped up on a lot of people's radars two years ago, thanks to Ruben Östlund's satire The Square. Bang starred in the film as a prestigious Stockholm art museum curator who's thrown into an existential crisis by a new exhibition piece.
Whereas Sherlock was a re-imagining of the Sherlock Holmes universe set in the present-day, Dracula will pick up in Transylvania, 1897, as Count Dracula plots to feed upon the people of Victorian London. Gatiss, in particular, is a renowned fan of the horror genre and hosted a three-part documentary series titled A History of Horror (spanning everything from Hammer Films to American slashers in the '70s) for the BBC in 2010. The Dracula show will further reunite Gatiss and Moffat with director Paul McGuigan, who also worked on Sherlock and recently helmed the premiere for Amazon's own upcoming Victorian genre series, Carnival Row.
BBC One has now unveiled some official photos of Bang as Bram Stoker's iconic vampire, and announced several more supporting actors for Dracula. Among those who are currently official cast members are Lyndsey Marshal (Trauma, The League Of Gentlemen), Chanel Cresswell (The Bay, This Is England), Matthew Beard (An Education, The Imitation Game), Lydia West (Years & Years), Paul Brennen (Wild Bill, Happy Valley), Sarah Niles (Catastrophe, Beautiful People), Sofia Oxenham (Poldark, Grantchester), John McCrea (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, God’s Own Country), Phil Dunster (Humans, Save Me) and TV newcomer Millicent Wong. You can check out the photos of Bang, below.
Much like Sherlock, Dracula will feature three feature-length episodes per season, with the potential for additional installments if the show takes off. McGuigan will be joined behind the camera by Jonny Campbell (Westworld) and Damon Thomas (Killing Eve) as directors for the first three episodes, with Gatiss and Moffat handling the writing on their own for the time being.
While Gatiss and Moffat's efforts on Sherlock's final season especially struggled to win over critics and left fans similarly divided, it's possible that a change in genre and historical setting will help to re-vitalize their storytelling. The fact that they won't be splitting their attention between re-imagining an iconic literary character and writing for Doctor Who - as they did back when Sherlock was going and Moffat was still the latter's showrunner - will surely help in that respect.
Dracula will premiere on BBC in the UK and on Netflix outside of the UK and Ireland.
Source: BBC One