Double Dracula Update – Arrow’s Jessica De Gouw Cast As TV’s Mina, Eli Roth And Russell Crowe’s Harker Revving Up

Though I didn’t see it, I understand that Jessica De Gouw recently appeared in Arrow as Huntress. I guess it’s not likely to be a recurring role as The Hollywood Reporter have learned she’s now signed up to play Mina on NBC’s Dracula show.

That show’s take on its bloodsucking Count is to be manifest in Jonathan Rhys Meyers, who stands quite close to the smoothie version of the character, complete with hints of polysexual appetite. Meanwhile, across town, Eli Roth is planning a very different spin on the character.

Almost a year ago, Russell Crowe attached himself to star as Dracula in Harker, a new version of the story. At that time Jaume Collet-Sera was going to direct, but Roth has since taken over and is, while editing his cannibal movie The Green Inferno, overseeing rewrites on the project – and then tweeting with Crowe about the progress.

Crowe: Ah Lord Gore, how go your travels and travails? I’m itching to see the BT draft. Have heard CD Character is popping. That’s the way.

Roth: Ah yes, my fingers and frames drip with the sweet red nectar of editing. And yes, methinks the Count will be most pleased.

Crowe: When are we going to start the harvest Lord Gore ?

Roth: I smell a springtime feast. I salivate just thinking of it.

Crowe: We should begin just before the petals unfurl…poetic

Roth: The wafting floral air of spring shall give way to the pungent ambrosia of the ripe fall harvest.

Er… get a room?

I can’t break the BT and CD codes, but it seems like Roth is expecting to get the film in front of cameras this Spring. That means he’ll be shooting one picture before his previous one has even been released – what have I done to deserve that?

Casting Crowe as Dracula is certainly interesting, and the concept behind the film – which turns it into more a Sherlock Holmes style battle of wits between a detective Jonathan Harker and the Count – will certainly take us away from over-trod ground.

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