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UPDATE: As some of our astute commenters have pointed out, The News of The World got their facts wrong. Wentworth Miller has previously said in interviews - such as this one with Yahoo that the movie is not about vampires in the sense that they have fangs and suck blood. Instead, Miller says that "it is a thriller and it is about an individual who preys on the innocent."
Well, this is a surprise. People who win Oscars don't typically follow their performances up with a trek into the frequently maligned world of horror, but Colin Firth has never really been a man who does what's expected. Reportedly, The King's Speech star has just boarded a re-working of Dracula entitled Stoker.
News Of The World was all over this yesterday, but apparently, The Los Angeles Times beat everyone to the punch like a month ago. Sometimes news travels slowly, even with the Internet. Here are the facts, as updated, altered and recirculated in the last three weeks: Ridley Scott will produce, Chan Wook Park will direct, and Firth will be joined by a few other big names with the undead fever. The much talked about Mia Wasikowska will play India Stoker with Nicole Kidman possibly on board to play her mother. Could we finally be getting a horror movie that could compete alongside Silence Of The Lambs in terms of acting? Looks like it. As a horror fan, I'm certainly a bit more excited for this than the average cash grab vampire flick.
The script was written by Prison Break star Wentworth Miller under a pseudonym. It made the Black List for best unproduced screenplays, which probably is a pretty good indication why so many big names are interested. It's said to focus on the Wasikowska character as she's sent reeling from the death of her father and the emergence of a strange uncle. John Candy's already corned the market on ridiculous uncles, but something tells me fans might make an exception for Colin Firth.