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Of the umpteen billion Dracula projects in the works, one that really grabbed our attention a few weeks ago was 'The Last Voyage of the Demeter.' The Millennium Films project, that had previously done a little studio jumping, follows the crew of the doomed ship that carried Count Dracula's coffin from Europe to America. Specifically, it grabbed our attention because the film will be directed by Neil Marshall ('The Descent'). Today an interesting casting rumor has surfaced. It seems Viggo Mortensen ('The Road,' 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy) has been offered the role of Henry Clemens, one of the film's leads. Furthermore, it looks as if Sir Ben Kingsley is still attached to play the captain of The Demeter, as he was when the project was with another studio. No word yet as to whether Noomi Rapace is still on board.
I'm still not sure how to feel about this flick. As a horror fan, obviously I'm a proponent of Count Dracula, and I'm a big fan of Neil Marshall, but the scope of this particular film feels incredibly small. It's a few months in Drac's overall story and most of the action will take place on one ship? Doesn't seem to afford much opportunity for set pieces or room to explore. That being said, Viggo Mortensen is an actor who fascinates me and I'm happy to see he's being pursued for the film. I'm sorry to say I don't remember the specifics about the Demeter's voyage enough to remember how Henry Clemens fits in. I'm also surprised to see that Kingsley is still being listed as attached even though it has been years since the last time the film was a go. My guess is that tenuous attachment will be severed before too long, but I could be wrong.
What do you guys think? Are you more/less interested in this film now that Mortensen is aboard? Do you think they'll still land Kingsley?
Source: Bloody Disgusting