Before Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897), there was Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla. One of the earliest vampire novels in the history of literature, Le Fanu’s tale is getting a movie adaptation, and we have some casting news.
According to ScreenDaily, Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife, Doctor Who), Tobias Menzies (Game of Thrones, Outlander), Hannah Rae (Broadchurch), Devrim Lingnau (Under Suspicion) and illusionist Scott Silven will star in the movie (which has nothing to do with the web-series) inspired by Le Fanu’s 1872 gothic novella.
The site reports that writer-director Emily Harris’ first solo directing gig (she previously worked with Ate De Jong on Love Is Thicker Than Water) will take place in the 1780s and is described as a “dark coming-of-age love story.”
Raine will play Miss Fontaine, the governess of 15-year-old Lara, played by Hannah Rae. Living in complete isolation at Lara’s family home, the young girl becomes fast friends with the enigmatic Carmilla (Devrim Lingnau). The two strike a passionate relationship as young Lara struggles with her emerging sexuality, until Carmilla’s presence in their home begins to create fear amidst rumors and superstition, helped along by the family doctor (Tobias Menzies).
Pre-production on the movie is currently underway, with filming slated to kick off in mid-September in the UK. What do you guys think about a new big screen adaptation of Carmilla?