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Jonathan Rhys Meyers will play 'Dracula' on NBC

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The suits at NBC know people like vampires these days, and they know they don't like having to come up with cool new concepts, so guess what? There will be a show based on Dracula coming to the airwaves. If only they had thought of that a dozen other times.

Former Tudors star Jonathan Rhys Meyers will play the Bram Stoker stalwart, who this time will actually be in the 1890s, but pretending to be an American businessman in London "bringing modern science to Victorian society," the Hollywood Reporter says. He's out for revenge against some people, but falls in love instead. You know, just like the book.

"In the world of Twilight and True Blood and all the contemporized stories, we thought we'd go back to the original," NBC Entertainment president Robert Greenblatt said, noting the show has skipped the pilot stage and has an order for 10 episodes. Considering the liberties they've already taken with the premise, we imagine they could stretch it out as long as they'd like.

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