New ‘Dracula’ movie in the works starring ‘Immortals’ actor Luke Evans

He'll portray the world's first vampire in a 'historical-oriented origin story'

British Luke Evans has been cast as the lead in a new Dracula movie from Universal Pictures.

Simply titled Dracula, the film will introduce Bram Stoker‘s iconic villain to a new audience by telling a “historical-oriented origin story”, THR reports. The plot will involve Evans’ Count Dracula risking his soul to save his family – and ending up as the world’s first vampire.

Shooting is due to begin later this year (2013) with Gary Shore, a well-known TV ad director, making his debut at the helm of a feature film. The script has been written by newcomers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless.

Evans, 33, is best known for his roles in Immortals, Clash Of The Titans and The Three Musketeers. He’ll soon be seen as the villain in Fast And Furious 6, which drives into cinemas on May 24, and also has a key role in Peter Jackson‘s next two Hobbit films.

Christopher Lee famously played Count Dracula in a series of Hammer horror films released between 1958 and 1973. Since then, actors who’ve sharpened their teeth for the part include Gary Oldman, Gerard Butler, Marc Warren and even Leslie Nielsen.