In 2007, director Alex Proyas was hired by Universal Studios to direct the film, back when it was titled Dracula: Year Zero. The film was to be produced by Michael De Luca and filmed in Australia. Australian actor Sam Worthington was in negotiations to play Vlad the Impaler. However, Universal ended the deals because of the high budget. However, in February 2012, Deadline.com announced that Irish director Gary Shore was in talks to direct the long dormant project. Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless were hired to write a new version of the script for the film. In April 2013, actor Luke Evans joined the cast, replacing Worthington, to play the role of Dracula. In May 2013, Sarah Gadon joined the cast to star alongside Evans. In May, Variety announced that Dominic Cooper was in talks to join the cast. Principal photography began in August 2013, in Northern Ireland. In October 2014, it was announced that reshoots had taken place shortly after the end of production to tie the film into the planned Universal Monsters franchise, which was being rebooted. Producer Alissa Phillips confirmed at the UK premiere of the film that Dracula Untold was a part of the universe. She hoped that Evans' character might have a cameo in a future The Mummy film and also spoke of a potential sequel to Dracula. The only links to the films was to have Charles Dance's character Master Vampire appear in several of the Universal Monsters films, much like Samuel L. Jackson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Luke Evans portrays the title character, and Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper, Art Parkinson, and Charles Dance appear in supporting roles. The cast gave strong performances. None more so than Evans, who gave a human and tragic quality that resembles Gary Oldman's portrayal from Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992).
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