Rutger Hauer confirms he will be Abraham Van Helsing in the upcoming Dracula 3D. The latest adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel is currently in production and should begin filming this spring for a planned 2012 release. Italian horror impresario Dario Argento is the driving force behind the project, which will be shot in 3D and is being described as a faithful envisioning of the original novel.
The casting of Hauer is great news for fans who fell in love with handsome
blonde as the cursed lover Captain Etienne Navarre in LadyHawke, the renegade leader Roy Batty in Blade Runner or even King Vortigen in the television mini-series Merlin. It is also great news for fans of vampire films, the legend of Dracula and the enigmatic character Abraham van Helsing.
In many ways, the Dutch actor born in Breuklan, Holland in the midst of the Second World War is a perfect choice for Van Helsing, the doctor brought to England from Holland to treat Lucy Westerna. Van Helsing’s speech is liberally sprinkled with German phrases, a language Hauer speaks fluently and without accent. Hauer also has more than passing acquaintance with mental illness although in his case it was a means of leaving Dutch military service rather than Van Helsing’s lunatic wife. At 6’1″ (1.85 m), Hauer might be a bit tall for Van Helsing and is a blonde not a red-head, but otherwise matches the description given by Mina Harker in Bram Stoker’s original novel:
“[A] man of medium height, strongly built with his shoulders set back over a broad, deep chest and a neck well balanced on the trunk as the head is on the neck. The poise of the head strikes one at once as indicative of thought and power; the head is noble, well-sized, broad and large behind the ears. The face clean-shaven, shows a hard square chin, a large, resolute, mobile mouth, a goodsized nose, rather straight but with quick, sensitive nostrils, that seem to broaden as the big bushy brows come down and the mouth tightens. The forehead is broad and fine, rising at first almost straight and then sloping back above two bumps of ridges wide apart; such a forehead that the reddish hair cannot possibly tumble over it, but falls naturally back and to the sides. Big, dark blue eyes are set widely apart, and are quick and tender and stern with the man’s moods….”
It isn’t just in the physical that Hauer resembles Van Helsing, either. Both have far broader experience with vampires and preternatural creatures than might be expected. Indeed, Hauer has experienced both sides of the fang in his career. He portrayed Dracula himself in 2005’s straight to video film Dracula III and before that was the powerful ancient vampire Lothos in the 1992 movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Hauer also portrayed the Dracula inspired Kurt Barlow in the 2004 film version of Stephen King’s novel Salem’s Lot.
If the casting of Hauer is any indication, Dracula 3D will draw audiences in with far more than just fancy visual effects. Stay tuned to the Preternatural Post for more casting and filming news!