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

'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.

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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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