Dracula cast

Just in time for Halloween, Dracula descends upon us, courtesy of NBC. The network released two new cast photos for the series based on the classic vampire character, which show off the gorgeous setting, costumes and of course, the characters of this period piece, which centers around the mysterious Dracula, played by The Tudors' Jonathan Rhys Meyers. The story is set in Victorian London, where Dracula arrives posing as an American entrepreneur looking to introduce modern science to society. In the photo above, you can see Dracula seated in the chair. Just behind him is Nonso Anozie (Game of Thrones), and standing to Dracula's right (third person from the left) is Thomas Kretschmann, who plays Abraham Van Helsing.

Here's the official description for the series:
Golden Globe winner Jonathan Rhys Meyers (“The Tudors”) stars in this provocative new drama as one of the world’s most iconic characters. It’s the late 19th century and the mysterious Dracula (Rhys Meyers) has arrived in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. He’s especially interested in the new technology of electricity, which promises to brighten the night — useful for someone who avoids the sun. But he has another reason for his travels: He hopes to take revenge on those who cursed him with immortality centuries earlier. Everything seems to be going according to plan… until he becomes infatuated with a woman who appears to be a reincarnation of his dead wife. Victoria Smurfit (“About a Boy”), Thomas Kretschmann (“King Kong”), Jessica De Gouw (“Arrow”), Oliver Jackson-Cohen (“Mr. Selfridge”), Nonso Anozie (“Game of Thrones”) and Katie McGrath (“Merlin”) also star.

And here's the other cast photo released. Dracula photo
Pictured: (l-r) Thomas Kretschmann as Abraham Van Helsing, Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Jonathan Harker, Katie McGrath as Lucy Westenra, Nonso Anozie as R.M. Renfield, Victoria Smurfit as Lady Jayne Wetherby, Jessica De Gouw as Mina Murray/Ilona, Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Dracula, Alexander Grayson, Vlad Tepes -- (Photo by: Nino Munoz/NBC)

While the photo at the top doesn't offer any clues that Dracula is a vampire, the second one does offer that hint as we see Meyers with his mouth just inches from the neck of Jessica De Gouw, who plays Mina Murray and Ilona in the series.

NBC also recently released this behind-the-scenes look at the making of the series, which is shot in Budapest. It shows off some of the beautiful scenery and costumes, and also teases the story, including some fangs and blood:

Dracula premieres Friday, October 25 at 10:00 p.m. ET on NBC, following the season premiere of Grimm.

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