Sam Worthington takes on "Dracula Year Zero"

Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:33pm EST
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By Borys Kit

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Sam Worthington, making his first deal since the success of "Avatar," is in negotiations to star in "Dracula Year Zero."

The Universal project explores the origin of Dracula, weaving vampire mythology with the true history of Prince Vlad the Impaler. It seeks to depict Dracula as a flawed hero in a tragic love story set in a dark age of magic and war.

Alex Proyas ("The Crow") will direct from a spec script by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless. The project has no start date and is still in development. Web site Latino Review first reported Worthington's involvement.

By playing Dracula, Worthington is continuing to take on larger-than-life roles and big studio projects. While he will be seen in the Helen Mirren thriller "The Debt," his next role is Greek hero Perseus in "Clash of the Titans." Last summer he played a cyborg in "Terminator Salvation."

<p>Actor Sam Worthington attends the G'Day USA 2010 Los Angeles gala in Hollywood, California January 16, 2010. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>