Claes Bang lands starring role in Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss' Dracula
Danish actor Claes Bang has been handed the starring role in the upcoming Dracula series being helmed by Sherlock team Steven Moffatt and Mark Gatiss. Set between Transylvania and Victorian London in 1897, the new series will take Bram Stoker's original novel as the basis for its take on the famous vampire, and although there's no fixed release date as yet the show is due to begin filming in the new year and is expected to arrive sometime in 2019.
Bang, whose recent appearances on the big screen include roles in The Square and The Girl in the Spider's Web, said in a statement published by Deadline: "I am thrilled to be taking on the role of Dracula, especially when the script is in the hands of the incredible talents of Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss and the team responsible for Sherlock, I’m so excited that I get to dig in to this iconic and super-interesting character. Yes he’s evil, but there’s also so much more to him, he’s charismatic, intelligent, witty and sexy.”
Clearly aware of the challenges involved in tackling a role that has been portrayed on the screen so many times before, Bang added: “I realise that there’s a lot to live up to with all the amazing people that have played him over the years, but I feel so privileged, to be taking on this incredible character."
Gatiss and Moffat's new take on Dracula will be broadcast on BBC One, with Netflix due to stream the show outside of the UK.