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Luke Evans to sink his teeth into Universal's Dracula Year Zero

04.08.2013by:

Welsh-born actor Luke Evans has been slowly building to a major breakout, starring in a number of modest pics, including THE THREE MUSKETEERS, THE RAVEN, and IMMORTALS. This summer he'll star as the villain in FAST AND FURIOUS 6 and later this year as Bard the Bowman in Peter Jackson's THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG. By year's end, with any luck, Evans will have upped his stock yet again, which makes his new venture with Universal such a tasty prospect.

Evans is set to don the cape and fangs of Universal's most famous monster, Dracula, in DRACULA YEAR ZERO, an origin tale of the famed creature of the night. Rather than adapting Bram Stoker's original novel, as was already done brilliantly with Francis Ford Coppola's BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA, the studio is creating an updated take on the character which goes like this:

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.

Commercial helmer Gary Shore will make his feature directorial debut with DRACULA YEAR ZERO. It's the first time Evans will topline a pic, which is a nice step forward for the gravelly-voiced actor. Although I'm not excited to see another Dracula tale, the presence of Evans is a welcome addition and adds some weight to an otherwise "meh" idea. I'm willing to give the benefit of the doubt with his involvement as I think he's got tremendous presence. Ultimately, it's nice to see some of the harder working actors out there getting an opportunity to push their careers forward.

FAST AND FURIOUS 6 is set for release on May 24, 2013, while THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG drops on December 13, 2013. DRACULA YEAR ZERO is prepping to begin shooting later this year with a release date to be determined.

Extra Tidbit: It feels like Universal is squandering their monster properties with almost no cinematic presence save for 2010's The Wolfman. What's the deal?

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11:44PM on 04/08/2013

No

I don't like him. Dracula should have an evil charisma. Not pretty boy looks smiley smirky garbage. Bleh.
I don't like him. Dracula should have an evil charisma. Not pretty boy looks smiley smirky garbage. Bleh.
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9:15PM on 04/08/2013
Yeah, he looks like he could pull off the look of a vampire, but I think he's a really boring actor. He was just so bland in the Raven and also unremarkable in the Three Musketeers. Still looking forward to Fast Six though, hope he'll be a cool villain in that one.
Yeah, he looks like he could pull off the look of a vampire, but I think he's a really boring actor. He was just so bland in the Raven and also unremarkable in the Three Musketeers. Still looking forward to Fast Six though, hope he'll be a cool villain in that one.
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9:09PM on 04/08/2013

Yawn

Another vampire movie, and this time it's an origin story, too. Great.

Whatever happened to that movie about a vampire stowaway crossing the Pacific in the 18th century who starts to pick off the crew of the ship? That at least sounded interesting.
Another vampire movie, and this time it's an origin story, too. Great.

Whatever happened to that movie about a vampire stowaway crossing the Pacific in the 18th century who starts to pick off the crew of the ship? That at least sounded interesting.
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9:26PM on 04/08/2013
The Last Voyage of the Demeter by director Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers, Doomsday, Centurion) is still in pre-production. And yes, it sounds pretty bad ass.
The Last Voyage of the Demeter by director Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers, Doomsday, Centurion) is still in pre-production. And yes, it sounds pretty bad ass.
8:25PM on 04/08/2013
Luke Evans is one of the best underrated actors working today. I'm really excited to see him in Fast 6 as the villain since I think that is perfect casting for someone like him.

I also think Luke Evans would make for a terrific Doctor Strange.
Luke Evans is one of the best underrated actors working today. I'm really excited to see him in Fast 6 as the villain since I think that is perfect casting for someone like him.

I also think Luke Evans would make for a terrific Doctor Strange.
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