ABC’s The Brides pilot has found its Dracula in Goran Visnjic
Following the recent casting of Suits alum Gina Torres as one of the titular trio, Timeless alum Goran Visnjic (ER, Dollface) has been tapped to take on the role of Count Dracula in ABC‘s upcoming supernatural drama The Brides, which hails from Riverdale universe creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. The Croatian-American actor will also be joining previously announced cast members Katherine Reis (Claws), Chris Mason (Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists) and Sophia Tatum (I Am Not Okay With This) with Reis set to portray the role of Lily Stevens, the youngest of the vampire trio.
Goran Višnjić’s new version of the classic monster is being described as the powerful, ageless, and iconic King of Night who “turned” each of his three brides, Dracula is left for dead at his destroyed castle in the Carpathian mountains while his three wives — Cleo, Renée, and Lily — flee to start a new life together.
The Brides is being described as a new take on the Brides of Dracula which is based on the iconic characters from Bram Stoker’s classic 1897 horror novel Dracula. The series will be a family drama centered on a trio of powerful and diverse female leads. With strong horror elements, it is a vampire soap about empowered, immortal women and the things they do to maintain wealth, prestige, legacy — and their non-traditional family.
Gina Torres is set to portray the role of Cleo Phillips, the leader of the titular vampire trio, who was a queen before she was turned into a vampire by Dracula. Now transform into a New York City real estate tycoon, Cleo is challenged professionally by a mysterious newcomer — even as her ties to her sisters are dangerously fraying.
Katherine Reis’ Lily Stevens is the youngest of the three Brides of Dracula, a striving singer in New York City whose relationship to a news reporter threatens to tear apart her marriage to her “sisters.” In her former life, she braved the streets of Jack the Ripper’s London, until being “rescued” by Dracula.
The Brides pilot will be written and executive produced by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa with Maggie Kiley also set as an executive producer and director. The project will be the first non-Riverdale collaboration between Aguirre-Sacasa and Greg Berlanti’s Berlanti Productions with Berlanti and Sarah Schecter set to executive produce.
The pilot is not only the horror series that Aguirre-Sacasa is currently working on. He is also developing a new series for HBO Max titled The Shelley Society which will center on iconic horror novelist Mary Shelley, who is best known for writing the classic novel Frankenstein.