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Jonathan Rhys Meyers to star in US Dracula series

Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Image caption Rhys Meyers is best known for his roles in The Tudors, and the TV film, Elvis.

The former star of The Tudors, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, is to play the infamous Count Dracula in a US version of Bram Stoker's classic tale.

The US TV network, NBC, has ordered ten episodes of the drama series.

Rhys Meyers is best known for his roles in Bend it Like Beckham, The Tudors, and the TV film, Elvis.

NBC bosses said Dracula - set in the Victorian era - will stay true to the classic story's time period, but with a "look to the future".

According to the Hollywood Reporter , it will be set in London in the 1890s, and see Dracula lead a double life as an American businessman interested in bringing modern science to Victorian society.

However, his plan to exact revenge on those who ruined his life centuries earlier is derailed when he falls in love.

Based on a script by Cole Haddon, it will be co-produced by Gareth Neame who was responsible for ITV1's hit period drama Downton Abbey.

It is not yet known when Dracula will air on US television, but NBC said production will begin later this year.

Entertainment chairman at NBC, Bob Greenblatt, who was involved in casting Rhys Meyers as King Henry VIII in the historical drama, The Tudors, said the new series would bring a Tudors sensibility to a piece of classic literature.

"In the world of Twilight and True Blood and all the contemporised stories, we thought we'd go back to the original," he said.

The new US version of Dracula comes as NBC discusses another supernatural-type drama in its remake of The Munsters.

The network previewed the pilot for the show - called Mockingbird Lane in reference to the Munster family address - at Comic Con last month.

It will star Eddie Izzard as the Dracula-esque figure, Grandpa Munster, and is expected to be darker and edgier, while retaining plenty of humour.

The Irish actor, Jonathan Rhys Meyers has appeared in a number of successful TV and films, including the mini-series, Elvis, in 2005.

His portrayal of Elvis Presley won him a Golden Globe award and an Emmy nomination.

He was also nominated for a Golden Globe for his portrayal of the young King Henry VIII broadcast on the BBC from 2007 to 2011.

In 2006, he appeared in Mission: Impossible III with Tom Cruise, and more recently starred alongside John Travolta in From Paris with Love.

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