When it was announced that NBC was creating an all-new Dracula series we were thrilled beyond words! When they then announced that the magnificent Jonathan Rhys Meyers would play Dracula, I almost died of happy. And the good news just kept coming. Like that Daniel Knauf, creator of Carnivale, will be heading up this new show! All kinds of awesome so far! And now we have even more news, the show has picked its Mina.
It has been revealed that Australian actress Jessica de Gouw (The Dinner Meeting, Arrow) has landed the female lead opposite Jonathan Rhys Meyers in NBC/Sky Living‘s 10-episode series Dracula. Hurray!
Described as “Dangerous Liaisons meets 'The Tudors'”, the series is set in 1890s London. It centers on Dracula (Meyers), 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. De Gouw will play that woman, Mina Murray, 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.
I am beyond excited for this mini-series! Excited! I am Jonathan Rhys Meyers fangirl and of course, I love me some new vampire shows, so I can’t wait. As an added bonus, this is a period show (as Dracula should be), and after countless books and shows featuring modern vampires in the modern world, I am definitely craving some historical vampires.
What are your thoughts on the upcoming Dracula? How do you feel about their pick for Mina?