Dracula’s tale is as old as time, but in this movie, the story is a little different.
UNMASKING Dracula and giving him his humanity back is the basis of the new filmDracula Untold, which is a sort of an untold origin story for Bram Stoker’s character.
To bring the fantastical creature down to earth, the writers looked at the real-life story of a historical figure Vlad III of Wallachia, aka The Impaler Prince and borrowed slightly from it.
With the idea and script done, came the casting. Director Gary Shore knew that the final ingredient needed, to make the audience forget all preexisting notions about this infamous vampire and buy into the origin story, was a skilled actor.
As soon as he started talking to the Welsh actor, Shore knew Evans would be able to take on the role of a warrior who turns into the Dark Prince.
Evans, who has been ascending the popularity chart thanks to The Hobbit franchise and Fast & Furious 6, acknowledged that origin story of Dracula is especially intriguing.
In an interview transcript provided by United International Pictures, the 35-year-old said: “It was interesting to read the script and realise that it was the part of the story people don’t know much about. It was about the human – the actual historical figure that Dracula was based on – who was as interesting as Dracula.”
Dracula Untold is set in the year 1462, in Transylvania naturally, when its ruler Vlad III is asked by the Emperor to give up 1,000 boys from his state for the purpose of war, including Vlad’s own son.
Unable to do this, Vlad chooses the darker option of gaining supernatural strength in order to win the war for his emperor.
But something unnatural like this comes with a steep price – while Vlad gets the great power, he’s also inflicted with an insatiable thirst for human blood.
Evans explained the film’s ultimate broach on Dracula’s path to darkness: “We have to be careful how evil we make him out to be. We know that in the book, Dracula is a very evil character. But I don’t think we should assume he’s always been that evil.
“Thousands of years of loneliness and starvation and thirst for blood have turned him into this evil character. There’s a transition in Dracula’s life from when he was a human, to a vampire, to this very old vampire in the Stoker book.
“It’s isn’t black and white … there are flaws to everybody. There are flaws to a good guy and to a bad guy, and that’s why I like it. It’s complicated; the whole storyline is not straightforward.
“It makes you see the turmoil in this man, and how he’s coming to terms with what’s going on. Should he do it, shouldn’t he do it? And if he does it, can he come back from it? There’s a lot going on there.”