Candyman's hooked horror icon, Tony Todd, has secured the lead role in a brand-new Dracula audio play from Bleak December.
The charismatic actor with the booming baritone voice is perfect for capturing the magisterial menace in Count Vlad Dracula. Todd has been working steadily over the last three decades, appearing in the Candyman, Hatchet and Final Destination horror franchises as well as providing his distinctive vocal talents to Zoom on CW's The Flash, The Fallen in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Darkseid in two LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes animation projects. Executive-produced by and starring Canadian actor and filmmaker Anthony D.P. Mann as Van Helsing, this fresh Dracula adaptation won't skimp on any aspect of production and could start a new renaissance in the grand tradition of vintage radio-age performances.
Here's the official press release:
Bleak December Inc., a multi-media production company founded by Canadian filmmaker and actor Anthony D.P. Mann, will be producing Dracula as the first in a series of audio adaptations of classic horror tales to be released initially for download through Fangoria magazine’s “Musick” label. The audio play, which will be released later this year, celebrates the rich history of classic radio theater and will feature a lush score and full cast. Mann, who serves as executive producer and will also play the vampire hunter Van Helsing in the drama, promises “…a frightening Victorian-era Count Dracula in the classic mold, featuring one of the greatest voices in the business. I’m not only a creator, but a fan of genre film – and Tony Todd is such a coup for us. I’m a long-time fan.”
Mr. Todd has released the following statement to coincide with the announcement of the project:
I’m honored and thrilled to form a partnership with Bleak December Inc and Fangoria Musick, in presenting the first of hopefully many audio recordings of classic horror characters. First up perhaps most iconic of them all. Yes, I’m so proud to lend my voicings to Bram Stokers DRACULA…”
Bleak December Inc. is based out of Canada and has far-reaching plans to produce more lavish audio dramas based on other literary classics, such as Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, The Phantom of the Opera, Frankenstein and The Hound of the Baskervilles. Their Dracula will be available for download through Fangoria Musick for Halloween.
Are you a fan of Tony Todd, and do you think he's a killer choice to play the undead Son of the Dragon?