Over 50 Things to Know About Luke Evans’ Take on Dracula from our DRACULA UNTOLD Set Visit

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There are a lot of vampire films out there, perhaps too many, but the team behind Dracula Untold is out defy that by doing something different, combining historical facts with the fantastical.  Bram Stoker’s Dracula may haven been inspired by Vlad the Impaler, but first-time feature writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless decided to take the connection literally.  In Dracula Untold, Dracula is Vlad the Impaler.

Back in September 2013, we got the chance to visit the film’s Belfast, Ireland set where stars Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon and Dominic Cooper as well as producer Alissa Phillips, production designer Francois Audouy and costume designer Ngila Dickson were all on hand to talk about what’s going to make their vampire movie a standout.  Hit the jump for over 50 must-know facts about Dracula Untold.

Luke Evans Talks Vampire Powers, Dracula’s Fangs, His Own Fangs, Vlad the Impaler, Months of Prep, Intense Training and More on the Set of DRACULA UNTOLD

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Luke Evans is a pretty popular guy now and has been in loads of blockbusters including The Hobbit and Fast & Furious 6, but Dracula Untold marks his very first go at playing the title character in a grand scale studio film.  He leads Gary Shore’s first feature as Vlad, a character based on Vlad the Impaler.  When Mehmet (Dominic Cooper) threatens to take 1,000 boys from Transylvania including Vlad’s son, Vlad makes a desperate play to save them; he becomes a vampire.

During our visit to set, Evans took a break from shooting a scene in the Great Hall to talk to us about his initial reaction to getting the offer to play Dracula and then the months of work he put into it thereafter.  Hit the jump for more on Vlad’s mission to save his family and the people of Transylvania, all of the powers he gains after becoming Dracula, what it takes for him to manage Vlad’s enormous character arc and more.

Dominic Cooper Talks Playing the Villain, Vlad & Mehmet’s Rivalry, Their Shared Darkness, Heavy Armor and More on the Set of DRACULA UNTOLD

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Dominic Cooper’s Mehmet has some serious sibling rivalry issues in Dracula Untold.  As inspired by the real history of Mehmet II and Vlad III (Luke Evans), also known as Vlad the Impaler, Mehmet becomes enrage when his father takes Vlad in, raises, trains and then favors Vlad over him.  Even when Vlad heads off to lead the people of Transylvania and attempt to leave his violent past with the Turks behind, Mehmet is still hell-bent on punishing Vlad, so hits him where it’ll hurt most; if Vlad wants to keep the peace between the Transylvanians and the Turks, he’ll have to give up 1,000 boys to Mehmet’s army, including his very own son (Art Parkinson).

It’s harsh stuff, but while on the film’s Belfast, Ireland set, Cooper admitted, it’s quite fun to play the villain, especially when the villain is so well written.  Hit the jump for the details on Mehmet’s resentment, how Cooper mixed the historical facts with his own take on the character, what will make this a standout Dracula film and loads more.

Sarah Gadon Talks Making a Timeless Love Story, Comfy Costumes, Working with Auteurs, Standout Lighting Techniques and More on the Set of DRACULA UNTOLD

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Having just come off Antiviral, Enemy and Belle, Dracula Untold was a big one for Sarah Gadon.  She was on the hunt for a love story and while that isn’t what one might expect from a Dracula film, that’s exactly what was at the heart of this one – the romance between Luke Evans’ Vlad and Gadon’s Mirena, and the lengths they go to to keep their family together.

While talking to Gadon on Dracula Untold’s Belfast, Ireland set, she explained how Mirena serves as a moral compass of sorts for Vlad, revealed how she avoided wearing corsets, discussed her connection with her on-screen son, Art Parkinson, talked about working with her “baby Spielberg” director, Gary Shore, and loads more. Hit the jump to check it all out.

4 New DRACULA UNTOLD Images Featuring Luke Evans as Vlad/Dracula

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We may have seen our fair share of Dracula movies, but on October 17th, we’re getting a brand new spin on the legend in Gary Shore’s Dracula Untold.  Luke Evans leads as Vlad.  At the start, all is well in Transylvania, but then Mehmet II (Dominic Cooper) and his troops move in and demand that the Transylvanians give up 1,000 boys for their army, including Vlad’s own son, Ingeras (Art Parkinson).  In an effort to save them all, Vlad resorts to desperate measures  – he becomes a vampire.

To go along with our visit to the film’s Belfast, Ireland set, Universal has unveiled two new official stills from the film and two behind the scenes shots.  We’ve got Shore and Evans working on a scene in The Great Hall, an image of Vlad embracing his son and more.  Hit the jump to take a look at all the new Dracula Untold images and be sure to catch our set visit and interviews with Evans, Cooper and Sarah Gadon as well.

DRACULA UNTOLD Trailer: Luke Evans Stars in the Origin Story of the World’s Most Famous Vampire

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Universal has released the first Dracula Untold trailer.  The movie tells the origins of the man who would become the infamous vampire.  This trailer goes beyond the scant logline, and explains that Dracula started out as a good guy, but in order to protect his family, he had to become the bloodsucking bad guy we all know today.  It looks more interesting than I thought it would be, and I really like the costumes.  At the very least, there seems to be some potential for a good story rather than just pretty visual effects and cashing in on the brand.

Hit the jump to check out the Dracula Untold trailer plus five new images.  The film opens October 17th, and stars Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Diarmaid Murtagh, and Dominic Cooper.

First Poster for DRACULA UNTOLD Starring Luke Evans and a Cape Made out of Bats

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Universal has released the first Dracula Untold poster.  What was “untold”?  The origins of Dracula, which we were all aching to see, I guess.  I suppose tacking on “untold” is better than “Dracula: Origins” or the original title, “Dracula: Year Zero“, but it’s probably underwhelming no matter what because Dracula is pretty tired at this point.  Perhaps this origin story, which marks the feature directing debut of Gary Shore, is a fresh, interesting take on the character.  Part of that take apparently involves a cape comprised of flying rodents.

Hit the jump to check out the Dracula Untold poster.  The film opens October 17th and stars Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Diarmaid Murtagh, Dominic Cooper, and Samantha Barks. [Update: Universal has released a second poster, which we've added after the jump.]

FAST & FURIOUS 7, JURASSIC WORLD, WARCRAFT, and More from Universal and Legendary Set for IMAX Release

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It’s also pro-forma at this point that a gigantic blockbuster will be released in IMAX, but new partners Universal Pictures and Legendary Entertaniment have recently signed a deal to make sure their movies keep getting the extra-large-format treatment.  IMAX has sent out a press release announcing that fifteen of the studios’ blockbuster titles will be released in IMAX through 2017.  Fast & Furious 7, Dracula Untold, Seventh Son, Jurassic World, Everest, Crimson Peak, and Warcraft are among the movies that will be released in IMAX.  Keep in mind that most of the films Universal/Legendary will release in IMAX weren’t actually shot in IMAX, but that doesn’t mean they won’t look good.  They just won’t be true-IMAX.

Hit the jump for the press release.

Luke Evans Talks THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG, THERE AND BACK AGAIN, His Desire to Direct, DRACULA: UNTOLD, THE CROW, and More

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With Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug arriving on Blu-ray tomorrow, I recently landed an exclusive interview with Luke Evans (he plays Bard the Bowman).   As most of you know, the film continues the adventures of Bilbo (Martin Freeman) and the band of dwarves as they move forward on their quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, all the while Gandalf (Ian McKellen) investigates a disturbing presence that may be returning to Middle Earth.  Smaug introduces a host of other new characters like the Master of Lake-town (Stephen Fry), and the elves Thranduil (Lee Pace) and Tauriel (Evangeline Lily), but the film also sees the return of Lord of the Rings favorite Legolas (Orlando Bloom).

During the interview Evans talked about his experiences being part of The Hobbit movies, deleted scenes, doing additional photography for the Battle of the Five Armies (which takes place in The Hobbit: There and Back Again), having young fans recognize him, and more.  Evans also talked about Dracula: Untold, The Crow remake, his thoughts on an Immortals sequel, wanting to direct, and what props he’s kept.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

First Posters for THE EQUALIZER, HERCULES, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, DRACULA UNTOLD, and UNBROKEN

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With CinemaCon starting tomorrow in Las Vegas, I arrived earlier today to take pictures of the new posters on display.  For those unaware, CinemaCon is a convention put on for theater owners in order to get a look at what the studios have to offer for the rest of the year, and where vendors can show new products for theaters to buy.  It’s basically Comic-Con for theater owners.  Besides showing off never before seen footage, the studios often bring the cast and the filmmakers.  Over the course of a few days, Hollywood comes to Las Vegas.  So over the next few days expect tons of updates.  I’ll have new posters, thoughts on the new movie footage, and exclusives interviews.  It should be a fun week.

While walking around, I located the first posters for director Antoine Fuqua’s The Equalizer starring Denzel Washington, Brett Ratner‘s Hercules starring Dwayne Johnson, Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Gary Shore’s Dracula Untold, and Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken.  While the posters are just the logos of the movies, I figured you’d like to see them.  Hit the jump to check them out.

Dominic Cooper Talks REASONABLE DOUBT, Playing Howard Stark and AGENT CARTER, DRACULA UNTOLD, FLEMING, Duncan Jones’ WARCRAFT, and More

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Opening this weekend in theaters and on VOD is director Peter Howitt’s drama, Reasonable Doubt.  Per the official synopsis, “When up-and-coming District Attorney Mitch Brockden (Dominic Cooper) commits a fatal hit-and-run, he feels compelled to throw the case against the accused criminal (Samuel L. Jackson) who was found with the body and blamed for the crime.  Following the trial, Mitch’s worst fears come true when he realizes that he acquitted a guilty man, and he soon finds himself on the hunt for the killer before more victims pile up.”  The film also stars Gloria Reuben.

Last week I landed an exclusive interview with Dominic Cooper.  During our wide ranging conversation we talked about how he got involved with the film, how the script changed during production, working with Samuel L. Jackson, just how cold it was filming in Winnipeg, and more.  In addition, we also talked about his work in The Devil’s Double, getting to play Howard Stark in the Marvel universe, how he still hasn’t seen the Agent Carter one-shot, whether he would consider reprising the role if Agent Carter became a series, his Marvel contract, Dracula Untold, Fleming, Duncan Jones’ Warcraft, and more.  Hit the jump for what he has to say.

First Look at FIFTY SHADES OF GREY’s Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson; Release Date Pushed to February 13, 2015

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Following a rather lengthy development period, the Fifty Shades of Grey movie is finally off and running.  The adaptation of the sultry E.L. James novel was thrown a curveball when Charlie Hunnam abruptly dropped out of the male lead role, leaving director Sam Taylor-Johnson scrambling to find a replacement with an August 2014 release date looming.  The Fall actor Jamie Dornan was eventually cast as Hunnam’s replacement opposite Dakota Johnson (Ben & Kate), but now Universal has understandably pushed the film’s release date back a few months.  Instead of going head-to-head with Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014, Fifty Shades of Grey will steam up movie theater screens on February 13, 2015.  Happy Valentine’s Day!

In anticipation of production beginning very soon, the first images of Dornan and Johnson in character as the book’s sex-adventurous duo has been revealed on the latest cover of EW.  Hit the jump to take a look and for release date news for the James Brown biopic Get on Up and the genre redo Dracula Untold.

Universal Retitles DRACULA to DRACULA UNTOLD

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Less than a day after Universal announced the title and release date for Jurassic World, the studio announced that Dracula: Year Zero has been retitled Dracula Untold.  Director Gary Shore’s origin story stars Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6) in the title role of the man who would go on to become the infamous monster.  The film is currently in production in Belfast.

Also starring Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper, Zach McGowan, Samantha Barks, Thor Kristjansson and Art Parkinson, Dracula Untold opens October 3, 2014.

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