Dracula Drama Starring Tudors Alum Jonathan Rhys Meyers Ordered to Series at NBC

NBC has given the green light to Dracula, a drama series based on Bram Stoker’s classic novel, with Tudors alum Jonathan Rhys Meyers tapped to play the titular bloodsucker.

The 10-episode show centers on the iconic vampire as he relocates to London in hopes of wreaking havoc on the Victorian society that centuries ago “ruined his life.” However, his quest for revenge hits a snag when he falls for a woman who appears to be the second coming of his long-deceased wife.

“It is a timeless tale with relevant, surprising twists and turns [and] the exquisite Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the marquee role,” Universal Television Executive Vice President Bela Bajaria said Tuesday in a statement.

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Based on a script by co-EP Cole Haddon, the project — which has also been picked up by U.K.’s Sky Living — will be exec-produced by Tony Krantz (24), Colin Callender (HBO Films) and Downton Abbey producers Carnival Films & Television.

Production on Dracula is slated to begin later this year.

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