Universal’s Dracula Untold (formerly Dracula: Year Zero) has just delivered a very cool one-sheet in which we see the film’s star, Luke Evans, standing over Transylvania wielding a sword and watching his cape turn to bats. Details are still slim on Dracula Untold as of right now, but what we do know is that Evans is starring as the most famous of vampires in an origin story that sees a Transylvanian prince risk eternal damnation in order to save his wife and son from a Turkish horde.
It’s nice to be getting a story that will center around the beginning of one of horror’s most iconic monsters—Dracula—rather than rehashing a story we’ve all seen before, so it definitely has a lot of potential in that regard. The only thing that has me worried about this one, however, is that it is being pegged as an “action-adventure” which could take a lot away from the character of Dracula who has haunted the genre for years. Evans is without a doubt a solid choice to play the titular role, and I really like the idea of an origin story so I’m definitely on board until we at least see a trailer.
Right now Dracula Untold, directed by Gary Shore, is set for an October 17, 2014 release date which puts in in theaters just before Halloween. Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper, Diarmaid Murtagh and Samantha Barks also star.