Universal Pictures’ Dracula has found its creature of the night, in Welsh actor Luke Evans (Fast and Furious 6). The film, being produced by Michael de Luca and Alissa Phillips – who both served as producers for the 2011 sports drama Moneyball – is said to be a mixture of mythology and historical facts. The pic will tell the story of Prince Vlad, who was the inspiration for Brad Stoker’s renowned 1987 novel, Dracula. Director Gary Shore is set to helm the project.
Per Variety, Evans was selected after the initial project was stopped due to budgetary concerns. Sam Worthington was originally up for the leading role with Alex Proyas (I, Robot) in the director chair. Universal seemed to be impressed by Evans’ work in Fast and Furious 6 and decided to he was the right man for the role. Other casting details are unknown at the time and a production date is yet to be announced, as the project is still in development.
Evans is getting ready to start production on the BBC miniseries, The Great Train Robbery. He has a few big projects already under his belt, including Fast and Furious 6, opening May 24th – that’s sure to be a blockbuster – and the last two installments of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit.