Mina Murray

 Dracula - Season 1

NBC‘s newest series Dracula has a trailer out. The show-runner and lead writer is Dan Knauf, creator of HBO’s Carnivàle. That man knows how to write creepy. The trailer is also quick to point out the Downtown Abby and Tudors background of the talent working on the show. It’s not the Dracula story we all know and expect, so I’m not sure which side of the fence I’ll land. It’ll watch a few episodes before I sharpen the pitchfork and light the torch.

Dracula comes to London, posing as an American entrepreneur who wants to bring modern science to the Victorian city. In reality, Dracula seeks revenge on those who betrayed him centuries earlier. As Dracula’s plans move toward fruition, he falls hopelessly in love with a woman who may be a reincarnation of his deceased wife.

The series stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Dracula/Alexander Grayson), Jessica De Gouw (Mina Murray), Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Jonathan Harker – a gauche journalist who’s desperate to climb the ranks of aristocracy.), Katie McGrath (Lucy Westenra), Nonso Anozie (R.M. Renfield – Dracula’s loyal confidante and keeper of secrets.), Victoria Smurfit (Lady Jane – fashionable woman who is immediately enticed by the King of Vampires.),  Thomas Kretschmann (Abraham Van Helsing), and Michael Nardone (Hermann Kruger).

An interesting side note is that Kretschmann played Dracula in the 2012 Italian horror film, Dracula 3D. Now he gets a chance to play the other side of the iconic conflict.

Via: Comicbookmovie

After a great turn as Huntress on the CW’s Arrow, Deadline is reporting Jessica de Gouw has been cast as Mina Murray in NBC and Sky Living‘s ten episode mini-series, Dracula. The titular vampire is being played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers, star of HBO’s The Tudors, which is convenient since the series is being billed as “Dangerous Liaisons meets The Tudors.”

Here’s how Deadline summarizes the show,

It centers on Dracula, who arrives in London posing as American entrepreneur Allen Grayson, who maintains that he wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. In reality, he hopes to wreak revenge on the people who ruined his life centuries earlier, but he falls hopelessly in love with a woman who seems to be a reincarnation of his dead wife.

That “woman who seems to be a reincarnation of his dead wife,” is Mina Murray, de Gouw’s character. She’s described as “a striking medical student who is engaged to Jonathan Harker but upon meeting Grayson both are instantly mesmerized by the other’s uncanny resemblance to someone from their past.” Yup, sounds like Dracula to me, I look forward to many scenes of Dracula and Mina staring at one another, transfixed. I do like the tweaks they’ve made, though, like Dracula posing as proponent of modern science and Mina being a medical student.

This doesn’t sound half bad to me, what do you think? I do wonder if this will interfere with de Gouw appearing on Arrow again. Hopefully not, she’s one of the better parts of that show.