The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Avatar star Sam Worthington is in negotiations to star in Dracula Year Zero, a period vampire epic Alex Proyas (Knowing) is set to direct for Universal. Michael De Luca is producing:
Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless wrote the spec, which explores the origin of Dracula, weaving vampire mythology with the true history of Prince Vlad the Impaler. It seeks to depict Dracula as a flawed hero in a tragic love story set in a dark age of magic and war.
The news confirms a rumor first reported by Latino Review.
Worthington will also appear in the Helen Mirren thriller The Debt, and his next role is Greek hero Perseus in the remake of Clash of the Titans.
Latino Review said Dracula: Year Zero is one of eight new films Universal Pictures needs to come up with for the year 2011.
Given that Worthington is slated to put on armor and wield a sword in the upcoming Clash of the Titans remake, we see him as a credible medieval warrior-turned-vampire. But enough with the vampires already.
What do you think?