Netflix and the BBC have found their "Lord of the Vampires" in The Girl in the Spider's Web's Claes Bang, casting the Danish actor in the lead role in the three-part series Dracula. Written and created by Sherlock's Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, the series is inspired by Bram Stoker's classic novel and set in 1897 Transylvania – where Bang's (The Bridge, The Square) Count is drawing together plans against Victorian London.
"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. 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 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
Produced by Sherlock producer Hartswood Films, Dracula is set to start production next year. The three-part series for Netlix and the BBC was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content and Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama. Gatiss, Moffat, Hartswood Films boss Sue Vertue, BBC's Ben Irving, Netflix's Larry Tanz will executive produce.
"Hell has a new boss… and BBC One has an outstanding new leading man. 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."
– Piers Wenger
"It was one of those moments – who else could it be than Claes. He has it all. Brilliant, gorgeous, charismatic, lethal. Tall, dark and gruesome all at once."
– Mark Gatiss, Stephen Moffat, Sue Vertue (statement)