02/12/2013 02:46 pm ET

'Dracula': Thomas Kretschmann Joins NBC Series And More Casting News

NBC's "Dracula" has found its Van Helsing in Thomas Kretschmann, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The "Wanted" alum will play opposite Jonathan Rhys Meyers' titular character. THR reports that in NBC's take on the Dracula legend, Kretschmann's Abraham Van Helsing is a professor whose secret obsession with power could pose a danger not only to Dracula, but to Londoners at large.

The 10-episode drama series has also added Oliver Jackson-Cohen to its cast as Jonathan Harker, "a tenacious and slightly gauche journalist desperate to climb the ranks of aristocracy."

NBC's upcoming series is set in London, where Dracula is pretending to be American entrepreneur Alan Grayson and secretly hopes to get revenge on those who ruined his life centuries earlier. When he sees Mina Murray (Jessica De Gouw), who appears to be the reincarnation of his dead wife, he falls for her and things could change.

In more casting news ...

Get ready to meet more of Nick's family on "New Girl." There are more Miller relatives stopping by the Fox comedy: Nick Kroll will guest star as Nick's "dim-yet-passionate" younger brother named Jamie; Bill Burr will play Nick’s loudmouthed cousin Bobby; and Ellen Albertini Dow of "The Wedding Singer"-fame joins the show as Nick’s partially deaf aunt who believes the rest of the Millers are plotting against her. [Entertainment Weekly]

Frank Whaley has joined "Ray Donovan." Whaley will recur as FBI agent Van Miller on the Showtime drama -- which revolves around the titular professional "fixer" for Hollywood's elite (Liev Schreiber) -- who is investigating illegal activity in Hollywood. [The Hollywood Reporter]

A "Banshee" star is moving up. The Cinemax noir drama has promoted Anthony Ruivivar to series regular for Season 2. The actor plays Alex Longshadow, the son of of Kinaho Tribe chief Benjamin Longshadow (Russell Means) on the show. [TVLine]

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