Hunted actress Melissa George and Merlin’s Janet Montgomery are the latest names to join ABC’s pilot drama Gothica.
Inspired by the stories of Dracula, Jekyll and Hyde, Frankenstein and Dorian Gray, the US drama will see the iconic characters woven together and placed in a modern day setting.
Janet Montgomery has been cast as the pilot’s lead, journalist Grace Van Helsing, while Melissa George will take up the role of Fiona Hunter, “the series’ most formidable force” who is described as a “deliciously cunning woman.”
Miranda star Tom Ellis will play Grace’s former love interest Frankenstein, a troubled doctor running a hospital while trying to bring his recently deceased daughter to life. And Beauty and the Beasts’ Chris Egan will star as wealthy playboy Dorian Gray.
Gothica is written by Matt Lopex and will be directed by Anand Tucker.
Melissa George first rose to fame during her time on Australian soap Home and Away. She’s recently starred as the lead in BBC espionage drama Hunted. Janet Montgomery has recently starred in Merlin, Spies of Warsaw and as Sarah in Stephen Poliakoff’s BBC drama Dancing on the Edge.
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