Dracula to star Luke Evans and film in Northern Ireland

The Universal Pictures movie will follow in the footsteps of Game of Thrones and start shooting in Belfast in August this year

Northern Ireland is attracting A-listers and film crews left right and centre. Bafta-winning Game of Thrones was shot in Belfast, then crime drama The Fall (starring Gillian Anderson) and now a new movie adaptation of Dracula.


Universal Pictures is set to start work on the new feature, starring Luke Evans (Fast & Furious) and Sarah Gadon (A Dangerous Method), in August this year.

The three-month shoot has received funding of £1.65m from government-backed organisation Northern Ireland Screen. First Minister Peter Robinson believes it can only be a good thing for the local economy:

“The Northern Ireland Executive is committed to continue to invest in our creative industries.

“This is fantastic news for the local film industry which further cements Northern Ireland’s reputation as a world-class production location.”

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Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness added: “The film industry is an important sector for our economy and we offer an exceptionally competitive location for film and television production projects.

Dracula’s executive producer, Joe Caracciolo, says he was attracted by the beautiful scenery this part of Britain has to offer and its similarity to the tale’s Transylvanian setting. “Filming Dracula in Northern Ireland allows us to capture the extraordinary beauty and topography that resemble the European backdrop in which this story takes place,” said Caracciolo.

Richard Williams, chief exec of Northern Ireland Screen is equally pleased by the latest partnership with Universal: “We are delighted to renew our relationship with Universal Pictures and look forward to working with Joe and his team.”

Luke Evans explained what Universal’s take on Bram Stoker’s 1897 classic tale will offer, “I don’t want to give anything away because it would spoil it in the long run but we’re talking about the origins of Dracula,” he explained to Total Film.

“Vlad the Impaler hasn’t been alive for nearly 800 years so that gives you an idea of the sort of the place where we would begin this film. It’s a very different world to where we are now…”

Dracula is scheduled for release in June 2014.


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