Dracula: Year Zero to shoot next June

Sam Worthington will play Prince Vlad

Sam Worthington has added Alex Prayas’ Dracula: Year Zero to his roster of upcoming flicks.

Last we heard, Worthington was merely considering the part. And with the flick set to be shot early in 2011 in Australia, it didn’t seem likely Worthington would be able to fang-up thanks to his Clash Of The Titans 2 commitments.

But it appears that there will be no, ahem, clashes in Worthington's schedule after all, and Dracula will go in front of cameras next June, with the actor starring as Prince Vlad of Transylvania.

“As written it’s literally on the scale of Braveheart with Dracula,” producer Mike De Luca told Collider earlier this year. “So it’s a lot of…it’s armies. It’s an invading Turkish army.

“It’s a lot of supernatural action. It’s wonderful. Like it’s an epic love story. It’s got everything you want in a movie like this but it’s tricky and it’s big so we’re trying to figure out how to do it in the most efficient way.

If there’s anything Worthington can do it, it’s action. But can be bring a brooding, sensual, creepy presence to Dracula? This could be his biggest challenge yet.

Other projects on Worthington’s slate are Avatar 2, Quatermain, Man On A Ledge, Dan Dare and The Last Days Of American Crime.

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    • higgins78

      Aug 19th 2010, 14:10

      The title sounds like the sequel to Leslie Nielsen's Dead and Loving it satire and will probably play the same...only with more laughs. Anybody really interested in Dracula should read Bram Stoker's book, otherwise watch Nosferatu on film.

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    • DravenCage

      Aug 19th 2010, 21:16

      higginst78, how elitist can you be. Are you genuinely trying to tell people that *no* cinematic adaptation of Dracula is worth watching? None of the old Legosi films? None of the Hammer classics? Seriously, you're discounting a film that's going to be directed by Alex Proyas of all people on nothing more than a title, a brief synopsis and a lead actor. Alex Proyas gave the world The Crow and Dark City, so the man knows what he's doing when it comes to getting the dark aspects right. By all means, dislike a film, but don't be uber-elitist into the bargain.

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    • higgins78

      Aug 19th 2010, 21:58

      For DravenCage. Sure, watch the Hammer classics and frequent some of the Legosi movies but don't relate what your seeing (no matter how decent) to Bram Stokers original novel and vision. As for The Crow and Dark City, the previous was a product of its time and has aged badly where Dark City has always sat in shadow of movies such as The Matrix and Blade Runner for an appropriate reason...its a lesser movie though with some original touches.

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    • agentblackacid

      Aug 19th 2010, 22:38

      Sam Worthington as Vlad? Sounds like a load of bollocks to me. Have to agree with Higgins78 re: The Crow and Dark City. The Crow was an entertaining yet half arsed morbid curiosity at best and Dark City tried and promised but failed to deliver, although to be fair I give it fair credit for ambition. Maybe Proyas has got it in him to do something with Dracula, but starring Sam Worthington? Give me a break.

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    • agentblackacid

      Aug 19th 2010, 22:38

      Sam Worthington as Vlad? Sounds like a load of bollocks to me. Have to agree with Higgins78 re: The Crow and Dark City. The Crow was an entertaining yet half arsed morbid curiosity at best and Dark City tried and promised but failed to deliver, although to be fair I give it fair credit for ambition. Maybe Proyas has got it in him to do something with Dracula, but starring Sam Worthington? Give me a break.

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    • eeyore1059

      Aug 20th 2010, 0:04

      This is the same Alex Proyas who gave us "Knowing" right? Dark City was visually cool as was The Crow, but empty emotionally. Add Worthington, one of the least charismatic actors working, and you have a good looking but shallow film. Can't say I am looking forward to this.

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