Are you excited for NBC's upcoming Dracula series? I am not sure what to think of it. The casting of Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Dracula frightens me a little that the series is going to be aimed at a teen/young adult audience. I know his turn on The Tudors was anything but kid friendly, but his acting leaves me wanting and my personal feeling is that he was cast because he is a good-looking man.
With that said, I hope the network proves me wrong. I am a big fan of the character and the casting of Thomas Kretschmann as Abraham Van Helsing is a sign of hope. The actor, who appeared in King Kong and The River, will play Dracula's chief adversary. However, unlike in the novel, this Van Helsing is not the clear-cut hero. Here he is a jealous man obsessed with revenge who is seen as a bigger threat to the peace than Dracula.
Oliver Jackson-Cohen has joined the cast as well, as Jonathan Harker, a journalist who wants to rise into society's elite class. Jackson-Cohen can be seen currently on Mr. Selfridge.
Other cast members include Victoria Smurfit, Katie McGrath, Nonso Anozie and Jessica DeGouw.
NBC wants to launch the series this fall.
I like the fact they are mixing things up. I just do not want to watch Dracula by way of "Twilight". What do you think?