The last thing we heard about this new Dracula movie, The Last Voyage of the Demeter, is that Neil Marshall (The Decent, Centerion) was attached to direct it. Today we've learned that Lord of the Rings star Viggo Mortensen has been offered the lead role of Henry Clemens in the film. The news comes from Bloody-Disgusting who also reports that Ben Kingsley is still attached to play the ship’s Captain. Noomi Rapace was also attached to the film at one point but there's no word if she's still attached. The story is described as being reminiscent of Ridley Scott's Alien.
The script for the movie was written by Bragi Schut over a decade ago. The most recent draft was written by Lowell Cauffiel, and it tells the story of the Demeter, the name of the ship that transported Dracula from Transylvania to London in Bram Stoker's classic story. If you remember from the novel, the ship washes up on the shores of England, tattered and broken, with one raving mad survivor. The film will tell the tale of that journey, in which the crew is slaughtered one-by-one by a mysterious passenger.
Mortensen is one of my favorite actors working right now, the guy is just incredibly talented, and it would be cool to see him take on a role like this. What do you think about him possibly ending up in this movie?