Craven’s ‘Dracula’ hires a Butler

Plummer, Thomas also to star in modern retelling

This article was corrected on July 6, 2000.

Gerard Butler (“Mrs. Brown”) will need to grow fangs: He has been cast as Dracula in Dimension Films’ “Wes Craven Presents: Dracula 2000.”

Butler joins Christopher Plummer, who will co-star as Abraham Van Helsing (Daily Variety, May 1). Sean Patrick Thomas (“Cruel Intentions”) also has been cast in the film.

Pic, to begin lensing later in the year, will be produced by W. K. Border and Joel Soisson of Neo Art and Logic Prods. along with Wes Craven and Marianne Maddalena and Craven/Maddalena films.

Butler just wrapped “Attila the Hun” for USA Networks. He also appeared in “Tomorrow Never Dies.”

Patrick Luccier, who edited Craven’s “Scream” trilogy, is directing. Andrew Rona, senior veep of production and development, and Louis Spiegler, director of production and development, will oversee the project for Dimension.

Craven/Maddalena’s Rene Garcia is overseeing for the shingle.

Penned by Soisson, “Dracula 2000” is a modern retelling of the Bram Stoker classic.

Butler is repped by Alan Siegel of Alan Siegel Ent.

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