The “Van Helsing” film where both Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale starred back in 2004 was kind of a mixed bag which had left hopefuls of the vampire-werewolf lore expecting for more. As such, Syfy had announced last year that it has picked up the series, and in recent news now casts Kelly Overton from “True Blood” as its leading lady.
“Kelly will be an amazing Vanessa and our lead cast is nothing short of outstanding,” said the series showrunner/writer Neil LaBute. Overton is popularly known from HBO series “True Blood” as the alpha female werewolf, Rikki Naylor.
Also cast in the series are Jonathan Scarfe and Christopher Heyerdahl from “Hell on Wheels,” and Paul Johansson from “Madmen” will play as the head of the vampires. Tim Guinee from “Homeland” and David Cubitt from “Ray Donovan” are also added in the line-up.
Scarfe is set to play as Axel, a loyal and devoted career Marine, and Heyerdahl and Cubitt will play as survivors of the vampire Rising. Johnsson will play as Dimitri, a strategic leader of the vampires. Guinee will take the role of Ted, a vampire soldier with a tragic past.
Michael Nankin, Jason Priestley, David Frazee, Simon Barry, and Amanda Tapping are set to direct the episodes of the series which will begin production in Vancouver, BC on February 22, 2016.
The new “Van Helsing” series is a reimagining of the classic Dracula tale with the resurrection of the titular character. The show will be distributed by Nomadic Pictures within Canada, while Dynamic Television and Fallout Asylum will handle distribution in the United States.
“Van Helsing” is a 13-episode series that will arrive in Syfy this fall.