Tuesday, 16 September 2014

"Never forget who I am!"

Universal Pictures have just released their latest trailer and one sheet for Gary Shore's Dracula Untold, starring Luke Evans (The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug) as the titular bloodsucker.

Evans here is Vlad Tepes, a troubled ruler who struggles to protect those around him and who loves his family, including his wife and son. But when a local sultan decides to round up an army of youngsters to wage his latest battle, and demands that Tepes gives up his own boy to boot, it's one step too far for our ill-fated hero.

He seeks out a strange creature living like a hermit (Charles Dance), and offers to do anything to score the power to destroy his enemies and protect his family. Of course, what he gains comes with a price: while he does earn some new abilities, he's also cursed to become one of fiction's most iconic monsters.

From the looks of the imagery so far, the filmmakers – including director Gary Shore, who scored the gig thanks to some effective work in short films – and studio are clearly pitching this as a Batman Begins (2005) affair, but for the world's most famous vampire. And we'll have plenty of the tortured hero doing what he thought was best and having his good intentions lead him down a road to hell.

With Dominic Cooper (The Devil's Double), Charlie Cox (Stardust), Samantha Barks (Les Misérables), Sarah Gadon (Cosmopolis), Paul Kaye (Match Point), Zach McGowan (Black Sails) and Art Parkinson (Game Of Thrones) all in the cast, Dracula Untold will be with us on 3 October.

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