See the Cast of ‘Bram Stoker’s Dracula’ Then and Now
Released in 1992, Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘Bram Stoker’s Dracula’ adapted the classic horror novel into an operatic, sexy horror drama, starring Gary Oldman as the titular blood-sucker, and with an ensemble cast including Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder. The extravagant film was a box office hit, and further solidified Oldman’s status as a chameleon actor, while reassuring audiences that Coppola hadn’t quite lost his touch. Now, 21 years later, we take a look back at the cast of the film and see what they’re up to now.
Gary Oldman, Count Dracula/Vlad III the Impaler
Then: Gary Oldman played the part of Vlad III the Impaler/Dracula, the enigmatic Transylvanian man who hires Jonathan Harker to help him purchase property in London. Andy Garcia, Gabriel Byrne, Armand Assante, Antonio Banderas, and Viggo Mortensen all auditioned for the role. Oldman and Ryder did not get along on set at all, even though they were quite friendly in the beginning.
Now: Oldman played Jim Gordon in Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy of films, and recently appeared in ‘Lawless’ and ‘Paranoia.’ He can be seen next in the ‘RoboCop’ remake and ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.’
Winona Ryder, Mina Harker/Elisabeta
Then: Winona Ryder had a stack of scripts she’d been offered, including a Dracula film, which was to be directed by Michael Apted as a TV movie. Ryder took the script to Francis Ford Coppola and convinced him to direct it as a feature film, thus mending the bridge that had been burned when Ryder abruptly dropped out of ‘The Godfather Part III’ six months earlier. Ryder played Mina, Jonathan’s fiancee, who happens to be a reincarnated version of Dracula’s old love, Elisabeta.
Now: Ryder recently reunited with her ‘Beetlejuice’ director Tim Burton for ‘Frankenweenie,’ and has appeared in ‘The Iceman’ and an episode of the Comedy Central series ‘Drunk History.’ She can be seen next alongside James Franco and Jason Statham in ‘Homefront.’
Anthony Hopkins, Abraham Van Helsing/Priest
Then: Liam Neeson had expressed a rabid desire to star as the storied vampire slayer Van Helsing in ‘Dracula,’ but once Academy Award winner and ‘Silence of the Lambs’ star Anthony Hopkins expressed interest, the part was offered to him instead.
Now: Hopkins reprises the role of Odin in the upcoming sequel ‘Thor: The Dark World,’ and recently appeared in ‘Red 2′ and ‘Hitchcock.’ He can be seen next spring in Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah,’ based on the Biblical story.
Keanu Reeves, Jonathan Harker
Then: Coppola was looking for a younger, hotter actor to play the role of protagonist Jonathan Harker — someone who would be a hit with the ladies. Johnny Depp turned down the part, and Charlie Sheen was considered before it ultimately went to Keanu Reeves, with whom Winona Ryder had an interest in working. Upon release, Reeves was heavily criticized for his performance; he later explained that he wasn’t happy with it, either, and blamed his lack of energy on fatigue from filming too many movies back to back.
Now: Reeves recently made his directorial debut with ‘Man of Tai Chi,’ a martial arts movie in which he also stars. He produced the documentary ‘Side by Side,’ and can be seen next in ’47 Ronin.’
Richard E. Grant, Dr. Jack Seward
Then: ‘Withnail and I’ star Richard E. Grant played Dr. Jack Seward, the man who runs an insane asylum in which the stark-raving mad Renfield resides. Seward is also the former suitor of Lucy Westenra.
Now: Grant reunited with Ryder in the 1993 Martin Scorsese film ‘The Age of Innocence,’ and has appeared in ‘The Iron Lady’ and a few episodes of the BBC series ‘Doctor Who.’ He can be seen next in the film ‘Dom Hemingway.’
Cary Elwes, Sir Arthur Holmwood
Then: Cary Elwes, star of ‘The Princess Bride’ and ‘Glory,’ played Sir Arthur Holmwood, Lucy’s fiance who is desperate to save her from whatever sickness has taken hold of her.
Now: Elwes recently starred in ‘No Strings Attached,’ ‘The Adventures of Tintin,’ and ‘New Year’s Eve.’ He also appeared in the Lifetime TV movie ‘The Anna Nicole Story.’
Billy Campbell, Quincey P. Morris
Then: ‘Rocketeer’ star Billy Campbell played Quincey P. Morris, yet another of Lucy’s former suitors who tries to help stop Dracula.
Now: Campbell starred in the first two seasons of the AMC series ‘The Killing,’ and played Abraham Lincoln in the TV movie ‘Killing Lincoln.’
Sadie Frost, Lucy Westenra
Then: Juliette Lewis was the first choice for the part of Lucy, but when she fell through and Coppola struggled to find the right actress for the part, he saw Sadie Frost’s performance in ‘Dark Obsession’ and offered it to her. Frost dyed her hair red to avoid comparisons to Winona Ryder.
Now: Frost appeared in the films ‘An Ideal Husband’ and ‘The Heavy.’ She took a break from film acting in 2008, but still performed in theatre productions. In 2013, she starred in the film ‘Dotty.’
Tom Waits, R.M. Renfield
Then: Singer Tom Waits, known for his gravelly voice, played the role of lunatic R.M. Renfield, who arranges for Harker to work for Dracula and foretells the coming of the vampire to London. The role was initially offered to Steve Buscemi.
Now: Waits continues to have a successful music career, and has also appeared in the films ‘Seven Psychopaths’ and ‘The Book of Eli.’ He recently guest-starred on an episode of ‘The Simpsons.’
Monica Bellucci, Dracula’s Bride
Then: ‘Dracula’ marked Italian actress and former model Monica Bellucci’s first English language film. In it, she plays one of Dracula’s sexy undead brides, sent to seduce and kill Harker.
Now: Bellucci married (and recently separated from) her ‘Irreversible’ and ‘The Apartment’ co-star Vincent Cassel. She reunited with Keanu Reeves for ‘The Matrix Reloaded,’ and has also appeared in ‘The Brothers Grimm,’ ‘The Passion of the Christ,’ and ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.’