Rising star Jessica De Gouw cast alongside Jonathan Rhys Meyers in NBC and Sky Living HD’s ‘Dracula’

Muse of Fire

Sky Living and NBC today announce that Jessica De Gouw (star of Sky 1’s “Arrow”) has been cast in the lead female role of Mina in the new ten part series coming to Sky Living HD later this year.

A co-production withNBCUniversal, “Dracula,” is a provocative new drama series version of the classic Bram Stoker novel starring Golden Globe winner Jonathan Rhys Meyers (“The Tudors,” “Elvis”) in the title role

“Dracula” is from the producers behind the critically acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning hit “Downton Abbey,” Carnival Films & Television, along with NBC, Flame Ventures and Playground, and will begin production later this year.

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 who seems to be a reincarnation of his dead wife (Jessica De Gouw as “Mina”)

bram stoker's dracula“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 Living, and Universal Television.

Reece Pearson from Flame Ventures is also co-executive producer. “Dracula” is the latest in a series of co-productions embarked on by Sky, with previous projects including “Treasure Island,” “Strike Back” and “The Tunnel” with Canal+.

Sky has previously signalled its commitment to original production by increasing its investment in original British content by 50 per cent over the next three years. By 2014, Sky expects to invest £600 million a year on home grown content across its portfolio of channels.

Additional casting and production details will be announced at a later date.

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