‘Dracula’: Luke Evans Sinks Fangs Into Role for Universal

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'Fast & Furious 6' thesp set to star in 'Dracula'

Universal Pictures is looking to take its “Fast & Furious 6” baddie, Luke Evans, and have him play one of the horror genre’s greatest villains. The thesp is set star in “Dracula.”

Gary Shore is on board to direct with Michael De Luca producing. Alissa Phillips will serve as executive producer.

The story is a mix of mythology and true history as it follows the story of Prince Vlad, the inspiration for the Dracula character popularized by the Bram Stoker novel.

Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless wrote the latest draft of the script. Vice President of Production Anikah McLaren and Creative Executive Jay Polidoro will oversee the project for Universal.

The project was originally set up with Sam Worthington to star and Alex Proyas to helm but was halted before production could get started because of budgetary concerns. After Shore was brought aboard, the studio took its time in finding the right star. Tom Hardy was also in consideration but the role ultimately went to Evans. Sources said studio execs have been very pleased with Evans’ work in “Fast and Furious 6” and were looking to find another opportunity to work with the thesp.

Though “The Wolfman” didn ‘t generate the kind of box office the studio had hoped for, U is still looking to tap its large library of horror classics and reimagine them for contemporary audiences.

Last year the studio signed Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman to an exclusive first-look deal with an eye toward breathing new life into classics like “The Mummy” and “Van Helsing,” potentially starring Tom Cruise.

The WME- and United Agents-repped Evans was named one of Variety’s “10 Actors to Watch” in 2011, and should be a familiar face to auds by year’s end. Besides “Fast & Furious 6,” he also has a prominent role as Bard the Bowman in the upcoming “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.”

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  1. Charmai says:

    ,im very proud to see the dracula untold and we love u luke evan:-)

  2. Dodger says:

    So glad they finally found a decent actor luke Evans to star in “Dracula” can’t wait for this one.

  3. NYJ says:

    Ugh. It’s bad enough vampires in general have benn reduced to mewling emo avatars for their mewling emo audience, now they’re ruining a character that was never meant to be sympathetic in any way. Laughable, considering how their ‘reimagining’ of the Wolf Man ruined the film and any potential franchise, yet they’re doing it yet again…you fail, Universal.

    • Rich Stange says:

      Actually, in the original Bela Lugosi film, Dracula says, “To be really dead…must be glorious. There are far worse things waiting man then death!” This definitely makes Dracula a sympathetic character, kind of hinting that he would rather be dead then live forever as a vampire. I do not see how The Wolf Man ruined the film. It was very well made and a very good remake of the Lon Chaney Jr. classic.

  4. Tosh says:

    How many more different characters are there left for you to play, by gum you covered Mostly all, and in a 1st class way, love watching you, there’s no type casting you in any way.

  5. helen says:

    thats my boy go luke love you xxx

  6. Stacia says:

    I would much rather had seen Tom Hardy cast in the role.

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