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NBC’s Dracula Casts Its Van Helsing

NBC's Dracula, set to star Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the Count, has cast Thomas Kretschmann as Van Helsing. The German-born Kretschmann has appeared in King Kong and The River, as well as playing Dracula in Dario Argento's 2012 adaptation. The new series is set in the 1890s, with Dracula masking as an American businessman in London. Van Helsing is "a brilliant professor with a cool exterior who is obsessed with revenge," which "makes him more of a threat to the public than to Dracula."