The Lord of the Vampires makes for a very dangerous stowaway. You could ask the crew of the Demeter–if there were any left alive to ask.
Last Voyage of the Demeter tells the harrowing tale of the ship that brought Dracula from Transylvania to London in Bram Stoker’s classic 1897 novel. That fateful sea voyage saw Dracula–who had stowed away unbeknownst to anyone–slaughter the crew and passengers one by one.
The Amblin Partners’ movie–directed by Andre Ovredal (Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark) from a screenplay by Zak Olkewicz (Netflix’ Fear Street trilogy)–began shooting this week in Berlin and will move later to Malta. No release date has yet been announced.
The cast, according to The Hollywood Reporter, is filling out nicely. Javier Botet landed the plum role of Dracula, and his background portraying scary creatures and aliens–in such features as the It movies and The Conjuring 2–should serve him well in this film.
In addition, David Dastmalchian (The Suicide Squad) will play first mate Wojchek, Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones) will portray the ship’s captain and Aisling Franciosi will play Anna, another stowaway.
The balance of the cast includes Jon Jon Briones (Ratched), Stefan Kapicic (Colossus in the Deadpool films), Nikolai Nikolaeff, Woody Norman, Martin Furulund, Chris Walley and Corey Hawkins.
The fate of the Demeter was detailed in the chapter of Dracula entitled The Captain’s Log, in which readers learn that the Russian schooner was chartered to carry 24 unmarked wooden crates to London. Dracula was (of course) in one of those crates and, when the vessel finally reached Whitby Harbour, it was a derelict. With no trace of the crew. Welcome to England, Count.
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