Jonathan Meyers is the new 'Dracula'

Bill Harris, QMI Agency
Jonathan Rhys Meyers (WENN.COM file photo)

Jonathan Rhys Meyers (WENN.COM file photo)

Jonathan Rhys Meyers is used to playing kings, be they the most famous king of England or the king of rock ’n’ roll.

Now Meyers gets to play the king of the vampires. NBC announced late Tuesday at the Television Critics Association tour that the network has ordered 10 episodes of a series titled Dracula, with Meyers in the lead role.

Meyers, of course, is best known to TV watchers for his portrayal of Henry VIII in The Tudors and Elvis Presley in the mini-series Elvis.

Dracula is from the producers of Downton Abbey. It’s a co-production between NBC and Sky Living in Britain.

The series introduces Dracula as he arrives in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who wants to bring modern science to Victorian society.

You know, kind of like Det. Murdoch in Citytv’s Murdoch Mysteries?

Anyway, the truth is Dracula wants to take revenge upon the people whose ancestors ruined his life centuries earlier.

But of course, things get complicated when Dracula falls in love with a woman who seems to be a reincarnation of his long dead wife.

Dracula is expected to air on NBC in the last quarter of 2013.