Screenwriters Matt Sazam and Burk Sharpless went back to Bram Stoker’s original source material for “Dracula Untold,” directed by Gary Shore. In the first trailer for the origin film, Luke Evans explained to someone who looks far scarier than he does why he is pursuing the darkness.
“Sometimes the world no longer needs a hero,” he said to the ghoulish figure. “Sometimes what it needs is a monster.” He believes that men no longer fear swords, but they’ll run from monsters.
“You believe you know what it is to be a monster?” the creature asked him. “You have no idea. But I’m going to show you.”
If the ghoul’s eyes looked familiar underneath all of that makeup, it’s because he is. “Game of Thrones” actor Charles Dance only recently proved both sinister and intimidating as Tywin Lannister in the hit HBO series. Add an element of the supernatural and he’s downright terrifying.
The upcoming film is intended as a reboot of the Universal Monsters franchises, with plans to create an interconnected horror universe much like Marvel has done with their superhero universe.
“Dracula Untold” also stars Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper, Art Parkinson, William Houston, Samantha Barks, Ferdinand Kingsley, Noah Huntley and Thor Kristjansson. Produced by Michael De Luca, Universal Pictures will release the film in theaters on Friday, Oct. 10.