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Graham McTavish and Richard Armitage Join Cast of Netflix’s ‘Castlevania’

What do The Hobbit and Castlevania have in common? Up until last week, nothing; but that’s all about to change! Adi Shankar, the producer of the upcoming Netflix animated series based on Konami’s popular Castlevania series, recently announced that two well-known Dwarves from Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Hobbit have been cast as voice actors in key roles for the upcoming show!

Graham McTavish, who played Dwalin in The Hobbit and The Saint of Killers in Preacher, appeared in Shankar’s announcement video to reveal that he has been cast as Dracula in Castlevania. He also reported that his Hobbit co-star, Richard Armitage (The Hobbit’s Thorin Oakenshield and Hannibal‘s Francis Dolarhyde), will voice the legendary protagonist, Trevor Belmont. read more

Adi Shankar Reveals Poster for Castlevania

The first poster for the upcoming Netflix series Castlevania made its debut yesterday on series producer, Adi Shankar’s Facebook page.

The series is written by English author, Warren Ellis, the man behind “The Authority,” “Transmetropolitan,” “Red,” and “Global Frequency.” He has also worked on several series for Marvel Comics have including “Astonishing X-Men,” “Moon Knight,” “Thunderbolts,” and “Iron Man.”

Developed by Konami, the Castlevania video game follows the Belmont family as they do battle with the evil Dracula and his monstrous minions. The game first premiered in Japan for the Family Computer Disk game console in 1986. The game was released in North America for the Nintendo Entertainment System just a year later. read more

Netflix to Launch Animated Castlevania Original Series Written by Warren Ellis in 2017

Netflix announced via a press release today that it will launch an animated original series based on the popular Konami video game series, Castlevania. The gothic vampire hunter franchise has captivated gamers since its debut in 1986, and the series has evolved over the years in the form of numerous sophisticated story lines. No other information has been provided by Netflix at this time, other than the fact that Season One, Part One will air in 2017.

Adi Shankar, the show’s producer, took to Facebook with additional information on the project. As he put it, Season One will air in 2017 and Season Two will air in 2018. He further confirmed that Warren Ellis (the legendary writer of such graphic novels as PlanetaryRed, and Iron Man: Extremis) wrote both seasons of the new series. Shankar had this to say to those who have felt burned by previous attempts at video game adaptations: read more