Luke Evans to play vampire king
Luke Evans has been cast in his first Hollywood starring role in new horror thriller Dracula.
The Welsh hunk - whose previous film appearances include ensemble blockbusters Immortals, The Three Musketeers and Clash Of The Titans - will play the lead in Universal's new project, previously known as Dracula Year Zero, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
The script tells of a young prince who, when the lives of his wife and child are put in danger by a bloodthirsty sultan, risks his soul to save them, and in the process becomes the first vampire.
Universal produced the classic 1931 adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula, and this latest project aims to set the tone for the modern age with a historical-oriented origin story. It is being produced by Michael De Luca, whose previous work includes the modern vampire franchise Blade.
Stars to have previously portrayed Dracula on screen include Sir Christopher Lee in the 1970s as Count Dracula, Gary Oldman in Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula in 1992 and Gerard Butler, who played the vampire king in Dracula 2000.
Luke, 33, will next appear as the villain in Fast And Furious 6, which opens in May, and recently signed up to play the mastermind of the Great Train Robbery, Bruce Reynolds in a film for the BBC.