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Wednesday 30 July 2014

Evans: Dracula role is exciting

Luke Evans will take the lead role in Dracula Untold

Luke Evans has revealed that playing Dracula felt very "responsible".

The Welsh star takes the title role alongside Dominic Cooper and Samantha Barks in the upcoming action-fantasy Dracula Untold.

"It's a very big role. It's my first title role in a movie, which is very exciting and a hugely responsible thing to do," he said.

"I've been in Belfast for five months shooting that. I've just finished that."

Luke teased that audiences would be surprised by the movie, which tells the early story of the bloodsucker.

" It's a very interesting story. A very famous story but told in a fresh new way that will excite the audience and it will make them think of Dracula in a very different way," he said.

The 34-year-old continued: "It's the story about the historical figure Vlad Tepes, also known as Vlad the Impaler. We are 600 years earlier than Bram Stoker's story so we are talking about the historical figure and how he became this dark ominous force that we all know as Dracula the vampire."

Luke - who next stars as The Great Train Robbery's gang leader Bruce Reynolds in a BBC One show - admitted he is trying to manage his rising success. He will appear as Bard The Bowman in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug and the final instalment There And Back Again, and will start shooting Javier Gutierrez's interpretation of The Crow next March.

"It's really exciting. It's just trying to keep afloat above the water, not to sink. Keep running and keep enjoying it," he said.

:: The Great Train Robbery, which also stars Jim Broadbent, will be shown on BBC One in December.

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