Danish Actor Claes Bang To Play ‘Dracula’ In Moffat/Gatiss Series
Last month, news arrived that ‘Sherlock’ duo Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss had turned their attention to ‘Dracula‘ for their next project. Now they have found someone to slip into the fangs, as Danish actor Claes Bang is announced for the leading role.
The 3x90min mini-series is written and created by Moffat and Gatiss and inspired by Bram Stoker’s classic novel. Set in 1897 Transylvania, the blood-drinking Count is drawing his plans against Victorian London. And be warned: the dead travel fast.
“I am thrilled to be taking on the role of Dracula, especially when the script is in the hands of the incredible talents of Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss and the team responsible for Sherlock,” commented Bang on landing the part. “I’m so excited that I get to dig into this iconic and super-interesting character. Yes, he’s evil, but there’s also so much more to him, he’s charismatic, intelligent, witty and sexy. I realise that there’s a lot to live up to with all the amazing people that have played him over the years, but I feel so privileged, to be taking on this incredible character.”
Claes Bang may currently be a bit more familiar to people in Europe that he is UK audiences, having starred in German drama ‘Sibel & Max’, and Danish series ‘2900 Happiness’. However, he also popped up in widely popular Danish political drama ‘Borgen’, and is about to be seen in Season 5 of US drama ‘The Affair’. Additionally, he has a collection of high profile movie projects due out soon, including ‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’ alongside Claire Foy, ‘The Burnt Orange Heresy’ opposite Elizabeth Debicki, Donald Sutherland and Mick Jagger, and ‘Lyrebird’ with Guy Pearce.
Commissioned by BBC One, ‘Dracula’ will be produced by Hartswood Films and is a co-production between BBC One and Netflix.
“Hell has a new boss… and BBC One has an outstanding new leading man,” adds Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama. “To say we have lucked out with Claes would be to underestimate the supreme talents of Steven, Mark and the team at Hartswood and their knack for choosing the right actor to redefine an iconic role. Seriously exciting stuff…”
No news on exactly when ‘Dracula‘ will premiere yet, but the series will come to BBC One in the UK and on Netflix outside of the UK. Filming begins next year.