New “Dracula” Miniseries Finds its Lead

Actor Claes Bang (The Girl in the Spider’s Web) has landed a role he can really sink his teeth into!

The news that the Danish actor has been tapped to star as the titular character in the new and upcoming BBC and Netflix miniseries was announced Wednesday. The miniseries hails from Sherlock writers and producers, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss.

“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,” said Bang, in a statement. “I’m so excited that I get to dig in to 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 realize 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.”

The show will be in similar format to the hit adaptation of Sherlock, which means it will consist of three feature-length episodes, in which the infamous vampire travels from Transylvania to London and plots to wreak havoc in the British capital.

“Tall, dark and gruesome all at once,” said production company Hartswood Films and writers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. “Hell has a new boss.”