Jonathan Rhys Meyers Is NBC’s ‘Dracula’

"The Tudors" star will portray the iconic vampire in NBC's latest TV series.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

NBC is going forward with its "Dracula" project, making it the third new show to bypass a pilot episode and skip straight-to-series after "Hannibal" and "Crossbones." Previously described as  “Dangerous Liaisons meets 'The Tudors,'” the newest incarnation of Dracula will actually be portrayed by the star of "The Tudors" himself.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers has been cast as the title character in "Dracula;" which will maintain the 19th century setting of the original Bram Stoker novel. Producer Tony Krantz created the new "Dracula" series which finds Dracula pretending to be an American entrepreneur in London who wants to bring modern science to the people living there. In reality, Dracula seeks revenge on the people who destroyed his life centuries ago before he became a vampire. Dracula also becomes infatuated with a young woman whom he believes may be a reincarnation of his late wife.

The season order for "Dracula" will consist of ten episodes, co-produced by NBC, Flame Ventures, Playground Entertainment, Universal TV and the U.K. network, Sky Living. Krantz is executive producing the series alongside Colin Callender, Gareth Neame and Anne Mensah. Cole Haddon is attached to write the first episode.

In addition to playing King Henry VIII for four seasons on Showtime's "The Tudors," Myers has also starred in CBS' "Elvis" miniseries and appeared in several films including, The Lion in Winter, Vanity Fair, Mission: Impossible III, August Rush and Albert Nobbs.

No premiere date has currently been set for "Dracula" on NBC, but a 2013 debut seems likely.