When BBC announced that Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, the famously dynamic duo who created the beautifully complex Sherlock series, would be taking on the most famous vampire story of all time, Dracula, you could feel the internet shaking with anticipation. If anyone could reinvent this character in a modern yet timeless fashion, making the mini-series equally scary and sexy, it’s these two. But we couldn’t help but wonder who would play the title role. And now, we have our answer.
In a bold move, Gatiss and Moffat have opted for a slightly lesser known Danish actor, Claes Bang. For those of who follow film festivals, you’ll know that Bang starred in The Square, a film that won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival last year. But more recently, you might have seen him in The Girl In The Spider’s Web alongside The Crown‘s Claire Foy. Other than that, you probably haven’t seen much of him. We know we haven’t. But honestly, that’s what makes this casting choice all the more exciting! If Gatiss and Moffat had decided to cast a popular British actor, we couldn’t help but have some bias towards or against them. With Bang, it’s a clean slate and an open mind. And he can’t wait to play the title role.
“I’m so excited that I get to dig into 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.”
We can’t wait to see what Bang brings to the iconic role.
Dracula Will Premiere On Both BBC One And Netflix.