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The BBC has dropped its first blood-curdling trailer for Dracula and it's sure to instil terror with all its guts and gore.
The new three-part series, which will air on Netflix for those outside the UK, sees Danish actor Claes Bang in action as the historical vampire and shows him singling out one of his victims down a dimly lit alleyway.
Grabbing a young man, Dracula holds onto the boy's face and tells him, "Try and stay calm...you're doing very well" before launching at his juggler.
The short but creepy trailer, which is less than a minute in length, is filled with satanic nuns pulling out knives, an eerie castle and a bloodcurdling scream that sends shivers down your spine.
This retelling of the famous vampire novel is by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, who also worked on Sherlock which stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.
Based on the 1897 gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker, telling the story of the Transylvania-based vampire, who is condemned to live off the blood of the living before setting off to London to track down Mina, the fiancée of a land deal lawyer who is the spitting image of his dead wife.
Claes will take on the role of the iconic vampire. The actor, who is known for The Girl in the Spider's Web, features in new promo images from the series looking pretty terrifying, blood splats 'n' all.
Also featuring in the series will be The Thick of IT's Joanna Scanlan and After Earth's Sacha Dhawan, alongside Lyndsey Marshal, Chanel Cresswell, Paul Brennen, John McCrea, Lydia West, Sarah Niles, newcomer Millicent Wong and Steven Moffat himself.
"There's lots of things that are challenging about Dracula," Moffat told Radio Times. "Having an evil lead character is actually really difficult. That's been the main challenge I think. But how we've handled, that you'll have to wait and see."
Gatiss added: "It's been very exciting though. Because we sort of made a promise to ourselves and the people who are making it, paying for it, that we'd make Dracula the hero of his own story, and less of a shadowy presence."
The BBC said of the upcoming series: "Inspired by Bram Stoker's classic novel, the three feature length episodes will re-introduce the world to Dracula, the vampire who made evil sexy.
"In Transylvania in 1897, the blood-drinking Count is drawing his plans against Victorian London. And be warned: the dead travel fast."
Speaking about his role as the vampire, 52-year-old Bang, said: "I'm so excited that I get to dig into this iconic and super interesting character.
"Yes he's evil, but there's also so much more to him. He's charismatic, intelligent, witty and sexy.
"I realise that there's a lot to live up to with all the amazing people that have played him over the years, but I feel so privileged to be taking on this incredible character."
Despite all the excitement of the trailer, the broadcaster is yet to announce a release date for the spine-tingling miniseries. We'll keep you posted when we know more.
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