Late last month, ABC ordered a pilot for a soapy supernatural drama entitled Gothica that promises to weave together a contemporary mythology encompassing legends of horror literature such as Count Dracula, Van Helsing, and Jekyll and Hyde. Now you can add Dr. Frankenstein and Dorian Gray to the roster.
Recently rumored to be joining the cast of Downton Abbey, British actor Tom Ellis has landed the role of Victor Frankenstein, who was once romantically involved with lead character Grace Van Helsing. In this modern-day reimagining of the character, Dr. Frankenstein runs a hospital that specializes in biotech research and believes he has discovered the key to bringing his deceased daughter back to life.
If the series is picked up, Gothica would be the first starring role for Ellis outside of the United Kingdom. He has appeared in several British series including EastEnders, Gates, and The Fades.
Taking part in his third consecutive drama pilot for ABC, Australian actor Chris Egan will step into the hedonistic shoes of Dorian Gray, a wealthy playboy who invests the staggering sum of $20 million in Grace's newspaper.
In Oscar Wilde's 1890 novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, the character remains young forever after striking a Faustian deal in which a portrait painted of him would age rather than Dorian himself.
Prior to his failed pilot attempts, Egan starred on the short-lived NBC drama Kings and was killed by super zombies in 2007's Resident Evil: Extinction. (Excuse the spoiler.)
Gothica is executive produced by Mark Gordon and written by Matt Lopez, who has penned feature fare The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Race To Witch Mountain, and Bedtime Stories.
Showtime's straight-to-series Penny Dreadful, a similar project from the Skyfall duo of director Sam Mendes and writer John Logan, uses many of the same characters but is set in Victorian London.
With the character descriptions so far and the fact it's at ABC, Gothica sounds like it will be more soap opera than supernatural. Are you interested?