Luke Evans makes a stellar leading man in his new release Dracula Untold, which follows the tale of the now legendary ‘Vlad The Impaler’ and how he became the accursed demonic Dracula.
This is a re-imagined tale directed by Gary Shore – in his debut feature film – and is written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharples. It takes its roots from Bram Stoker’s original character.
For those who like a bit of history, the real Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia in the mid 15th century, was a member of the House of Drăculești, and he went by the name Vlad Drăculea or Vlad Dracula. He was posthumously dubbed Vlad the Impaler and was ruler mainly from 1456 to 1462, the period of the Ottoman conquest of the Balkans.
In this adaptation, Dracula needs to save his family as well as the empire he riles and thus enters into an agreement which gives him the strength of a 100 men, but like any bargain it has a down side…namely losing your soul.
The film was shot in Northern Ireland last year.
Evans also appears on our screens reprising his role as Bard the Bowman in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies this December. He has also just wrapped High Rise, which is set for release in 2015.
The film co-stars Charles Dance as the ancient evil force, Dominic Cooper (Fleming) and Sarah Gadon (The Amazing Spiderman 2).
Dracula Untold opens in cinemas from October 2nd in Australia, October 3rd in the UK and the 17th in the USA.