<i>Arrow's</i> Jessica De Gouw Joins Jonathan Rhys Meyers in <i>Dracula</i>

NBC's planned Dracula television series has finally found its leading lady. Although production has moved slowly on the drama, it's being reported that Jessica De Gouw will play the woman the iconic vampire falls in love with.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers is still set to play the title character, and Carnivale creator Dan Knauf will be the series' showrunner and head writer. Now Deadline confirms De Gouw has landed the lead female role.

Don't worry, Arrow fans: Just because De Gouw's Huntress seemingly left Starling City in "Vendetta" doesn't mean she'll be gone for good. Despite this new gig, executive producer Greg Berlanti said at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour that "she's going to come back."

“We’re just writing that episode right now," he said. "We like to think of her as the crazy ex-girlfriend. So if you can only imagine the turns ... her mission isn’t done or complete yet. She wanted to kill her dad, and he’s still alive."

Dracula follows the vampire as he arrives in 1890s London, posing as an American entrepreneur who desires to introduce modern science to Victorian society. But secretly the Count is plotting revenge on the people who ruined his life centuries earlier — that is, until he falls hopelessly in love with a woman (De Gouw) who appears to be the reincarnation of his dead wife.

Based on an idea by Tony Krantz, the drama is produced by Krantz’s Flame Ventures, Colin Callender’s Playground Entertainment, Universal TV and NBCU International Productions’ Carnival Films & Television, the company behind the hit Downton Abbey.

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