Three months after Steven Moffat (Doctor Who) and Mark Gatiss (Sherlock) revealed that filming on their highly anticipated Dracula series would begin “very soon” and production confirmed to be underway, the BBC/Netflix project announced Jonathan Aris (Black Mirror: Bandersnatch), Sacha Dhawan (The Boy With the Top Knot), Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Misfits), Catherine Schell (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service), Youssef Kerkour (Jack Ryan), and Clive Russell (Game Of Thrones) have been added to the cast. Expected to premiere in late 2019/early 2020, the project stems from Sherlock producer Hartswood Films and will air on BBC One in the U.K. and Ireland and then on Netflix in the U.S. and internationally.
The new cast members join previously-announced Claes Bang (The Girl in the Spider’s Web, Borgen), who gets to sink his teeth into the role of the bloodthirsty count in the three-part drama – in which he plots to travel from Transylvania to wreak havoc in London.
There was news behind the camera, also: Westworld‘s Jonny Campbell is set to direct the opening episode, with Damon Thomas (Killing Eve) and Paul McGuigan (Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool) helming the second and third outings, respectively. Moffat and Gatiss are writing the series, and will also appear in the series in currently undosclosed roles. While few specifics are known about the project, the producers have stated in the past that it will be a reinvention of the Bram Stoker classic for a 21st Century audience – similar to how they approached Sherlock.
“It’s seriously delightful that our new ‘Dracula’ is being shot at Bray Studios, the former home of Hammer Films. This wonderfully atmospheric and legendary studio gave birth to so many famous monsters and stars – most memorably Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. As we watch Transylvania once again rise on the sound stages of Bray, it’s amazing to be able to say that Count Dracula has finally come home.”
– Mark Gatiss
Filming on the project is currently underway, having started at Orava Castle in Slovakia before moving on to England and Bray Studios – once owned by iconic U.K. horror producer Hammer Films.