Jessica De Gouw Boards NBC’s Dracula

First announced last summer, NBC and Sky Living are planning a new drama series, “Dracula.” Jonathan Rhys Meyers was previously set to play the lead and, today, Deadline reveals that he’s going to be joined by actress Jessica De Gouw.

The 10-episode series introduces Dracula as he arrives in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who maintains that he wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. In reality, he hopes to wreak revenge on the people who ruined his life centuries earlier. There’s only one circumstance that can potentially thwart his plan: Dracula falls hopelessly in love with a woman, Mina Murray (De Gouw) who seems to be a reincarnation of his dead wife.

De Gouw is best known for her recent appearances on the CW’s “Arrow” in the role of the Huntress.

Based on a script by co-executive producer Cole Haddon, “Dracula” will be executive-produced by former president of HBO Films and Emmy winner Colin Callender (“The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby”) for Playground, Tony Krantz (“24″, “Sports Night”) for Flame Ventures, Gareth Neame (“Downton Abbey”) for Carnival Films & Television (part of NBCUniversal International Television Production), Anne Mensah for Sky, and Universal Television. Reece Pearson from Flame Ventures is also co-executive producer.

The ten-episode series is a co-production of Universal Television, Carnival Films & Television, Flame Ventures, Playground and Sky Living.

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