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Casting: Sabrina gets its Li’l Sabrina, while Dracula gets its… well, Dracula

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Nov 28, 2018, 4:28 PM EST

Netflix’s Sabrina reboot nabs some more souls to amuse us while BBC’s upcoming Dracula series finds its eponymous bloodsucking fiend in this casting roundup. 

Three actors will appear in future Chilling Adventures of Sabrina episodes, Netflix has announced. Mckenna Grace will guest-star as Li’l Sabrina in the upcoming holiday episode entitled “A Midwinter’s Tale,” airing Dec. 14 on the streaming service. 

Grace will play Sabrina as a precocious youngster, though we don’t see the resemblance between her and Sabrina star Kiernan Shipka. (We’re kidding. It seriously took us a moment to realize this wasn’t in fact a picture of Shipka.)


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In “A Midwinter’s Tale,” The Church of Night celebrates the Winter Solstice, when families gather around the Yule Fire to sing pagan carols and tell ghost stories. But the holidays are also a time for guests and visitors — both welcome and unwelcome — so, you never know what might come down the chimney.

In addition, Alexis Denisof and Jedidiah Goodacre will join the cast for Part 2 of the series as recurring guest stars. Denisof will play Mary Wardwell’s boyfriend, Adam Masters, while Goodacre will portray Dorian Gray, a warlock and owner of an exclusive nightclub. And yes, he does have a portrait hidden from prying eyes.


Claes Bang

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Meanwhile, the BBC has announced that Claes Bang has been cast as Dracula in its upcoming series based on Bram Stoker's classic novel. The Danish actor from The Girl in the Spider's Web joins the ranks of actors that include Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee, Gary Oldman, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers to play the legendary role. 

"I'm so excited that I get to dig into this iconic and super interesting character," said Bang in a statement. "Yes, he's evil, but there's also so much more to him. He's charismatic, intelligent, witty and sexy.

The BBC One miniseries written and created by Sherlock duo Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss will adapt Stoker’s novel in the same way Sherlock adapted the world’s most famous detective. Which is to say, liberally. (Although the series will be set in 1897, not in the present day, like Sherlock.)

Filming on Dracula begins next year. It will premiere on BBC One in the U.K. and be shown on Netflix in the U.S.