Luke Evans ("Fast and Furious 6," "Immortals") has signed on to play the title role in "Dracula" at Universal Pictures.
Formerly known as "Dracula Year Zero," Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless penned this strange fusion of historical fact and literary fiction that centers around the life of the young Transylvanian Prince Vlad, better known as Vlad the Impaler who inspired Bram Stoker's vampire tale.
This spin on the story has the young prince leading the charge to fend off the Ottoman Empire's attempts to use Romania as a foothold to conquer the rest of Europe.
In a moment of desperation, he ascends a mountain where a dark magical power resides in the hope of finding something to keep the Turkish hordes at bay. That power helps him defeat the Turks, but comes at the price of him changing into a creature of the night.
Commercials helmer Gary Shore is attached to make his directorial debut on the project which filmmaker Alex Proyas and actor Sam Worthington were previously attached to.
Michael De Luca remains onboard as producer on the film which has been green lit in the hopes of filming later this year.
Source: Heat Vision