It’s been nearly seven months since NBC announced that “The Tudors” star Jonathan Rhys Meyers will play the title character in “Dracula.” However, the female lead has finally been cast.
According to Deadline, Jessica de Gouw has been signed to portray Mina Harker, the heroine from Bram Stoker’s original novel. “Dracula” will maintain 1890s setting of Stoker’s story as Dracula assumes the guise of an American entrepreneur named Allen Grayson as a cover for his quest for vengeance in London.
The story notes that Dracula comes to believe that Mina is the reincarnation of his dead wife and that their attraction will be mutual.
De Gouw is perhaps best known in the United States for her turn as Helena Bertinelli aka The Huntress on “Arrow.” Prior to that, she appeared on Australian TV in "Underbelly," "Crownies" and "The Sleepover Club."
The executive producers of “Arrow” recently hinted that The Huntress will return to that series, but de Gouw’s new role would seem to preclude her from joining “Arrow” full time. But since “Dracula” will only have ten episodes per season; it could potentially allow de Gouw to recur on “Arrow.”
NBC has yet to set a premiere date for “Dracula,” but a midseason run is looking less and less likely. A summer run for “Dracula” is possible, but NBC may opt to hold it back until next fall.