Rutger Hauer cast in Dracula 3D

Rutger Hauer has been cast as Van Helsing in Dracula 3D.

Yep, you heard right, that’s Dracula…in 3D.

This upcoming interpretation of the 1897 Bram Stoker novel comes from Italian film director, Dario Argento, who certainly has a fair bit of experience when it comes to horror and slasher movies – his last feature-length picture was the 2009 thriller, Giallo, starring Adrien Brody.

His latest project, Dracula 3D, has just cast the all-important Van Helsing, with Rutger Hauer reportedly taking on the role. Hauer’s been appearing on our screens since way back in 1969, but has more recently featured in cult films such as Sin City, as well as more mainstream movies like Batman Begins. The Dutch actor also stars alongside Anthony Hopkins in the upcoming supernatural horror film, The Rite, which hits UK cinemas on the 25th.

But will this classic vampire tale benefit from a sprinkling of 3D technology? Is it still enough a novelty to impress cinema-goers?

Well, perhaps. Whilst the Victorian era of the original Dracula tale might be seen to clash with the concept of 3D cinema, if there’s one thing the critics agree works well in this format, it’s horror. However, writing for the Huffington Post, IMAX CEO Richard Gelfond stated that, “a director must ask how using this medium helps grab the audience… Because simply adding a third dimension to a boring tale will never work.”

It seems entirely justified that audiences will want something more than simply impressive effects – although gore fans may well be in their element with this one.

Perhaps more puzzling was this week’s announcement that Baz Luhrmann‘s film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, will also be filmed in 3D. Catherine Shoard highlights the dangers of overusing the 3D format in the Guardian, saying that, “most films these days, especially those made with adults in mind, are wordy and talky. To get up close and personal with them would be frankly inappropriate.” Could this be a disastrous decision for Gatsby, or will it manage to add something to Luhrmann’s undoubtedly quirky creation? Only time will tell!

Dracula 3D is due to begin filming in May.

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