Van Helsing Syfy’s Horror Drama Offers Female Protagonist
Van Helsing Television Series
“Van Helsing” the television series is materializing. The 2004 action, adventure, fantasy by director Stephen Sommers is getting a television adaptation. Be expecting some changes.
“Van Helsing” (2004) Film Synopsis
Van Helsing is in the world to rid all evil, even if not everyone agrees with him. The Vatican sends the monster hunter and his ally, Carl, to Transylvania. They have been sent to this land to stop the powerful Count Dracula. Whilst there they join forces with a Gypsy Princess called Anna Valerious, who is determined to end an ancient curse on her family by destroying the vampire.
The legacy of Van Helsing dates back to the 1800s. His first appearance as Professor Abraham Van Helsing from the gothic horror novel “Dracula”. The Van Helsing character appeared in many outlets. Films, television series, books and stories, comics, and games. One thing that has always been constant: the Van Helsing character has always been male. Until now. For the first time in the history of “Van Helsing”, the lead character will be a woman.
In November of 2015 there was talk of a female lead. Instead of the male lead like in the original stories. The new television series will air on the Syfy network. The new lead character will be ‘Vanessa Helsing’. You’ve read that right. Our new monster hunter will be a HUNTRESS.
“A descendant of the Van Helsing lineage of warriors who is resurrected and now must lead mankind against a world controlled by vampires in the post-Rising landscape.”
Kelly Overton (“The Ring Two”, “Tekken”, “The Collective”) from “True Blood” will star in the new lead role as Vanessa Helsing. Nomadic Pictures will distribute the “Van Helsing” television series in Canada. Fallout Asylum and Dynamic Television will distribute in the U.S. and internationally.
Cast and Crew
Show runner: Neil LaBute (“In the Company of Men”, “The Shape of Things”, “The Wicker Man”)
Daniel March (Dynamic Television)
Chad Oakes (Nomadic Pictures)
Mike Frisley (Nomadic Pictures)
Kelly Overton: Vanessa Helsing
Jonathan Scarfe : Axel (“100 Days in the Jungle”, “The Sheldon Kennedy Story”, “White Lies”)
Christopher Heyerdahl : Sam (“Sanctuary”, “Twilight Saga: The New Moon”, “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn”)
Paul Johansson : Dimitri (“John Q”, “Alpha Dog”, “The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day”)
David Cubitt : John (“Medium”, “Traders”, “Alive”)
Tim Guinee : Ted (“Iron Man”, “Blade”, “Vampires”)
The Hollywood Reporter