The upcoming Netflix Castlevania series has revealed its voice cast through a video posted by the show’s producer, Adi Shankar, on his personal YouTube channel. The short video is loosely hosted by Shankar himself and Graham McTavish, who is introduced as the show’s Dracula. They go about revealing each of the main players and who they will be voicing. In doing so, a lot more is known about the series’ cast and what Castlevania characters made the cut.
As Shankar says, “There is no Castlevania without Dracula.” He adds, “But then there’s no Castlevania without a Belmont.” After establishing McTavish as Dracula, they reveal Richard Armitage as Trevor Belmont, who is best known for his work as Thorin in The Hobbit movies. Next up is Battlestar Galactica‘s James Callis, who will be playing Dracula’s estranged son Alucard. This is followed by Alejandra Reynoso, who takes on the role of Sypha Belnades.
Emily Swallow will play Lisa Tepes, and Matt Frewer will be playing The Bishop. Frewer has had a lot of roles, ranging from Honey I Shrunk The Kids to Watchmen, but he is most well-known for playing 80s icon Max Headroom. Last up is Tony Amendola, who will be playing The Elder.
Now that the cast is established, anticipation for the show’s July 7th premiere is at an all-time high. Fans have been eager to dive into this television adaption of the popular video game series since the Netflix series was announced several months ago. Back then, little was known about the show; other than Netflix’s own description, which characterized it as a dark medieval fantasy. Following the announcement, Shankar spoke with IGN and elaborated a bit on the show’s plot, which will closely follow the events featured in Castlevania 3: Dracula’s Curse. With the cast now revealed as including Alucard and Sypha, it’s apparent the plot isn’t the only thing borrowed from the game, but the characters as well.
A month ago fans were treated to the show’s first trailer, which featured some great retro throwbacks. The gorgeously animated trailer did little to explore the plot, but it did promise a lot of the dark, gory action many expect of a Castlevania adaption. Shankar has compared the series as, “very much Castlevania done in the vein of Game of Thrones.” This could mean it is a serious fantasy drama, or it could mean a lot of characters could bite the big one, so to speak.
Whatever the show has in store, it certainly has a well-rounded cast with some great history behind them, and that’s encouraging. While it’s wonderful to see an entire series adapted from the legendary video games, many fans would like to see this as the jumping-off point for Castlevania to make a return to gaming. Thankfully, Konami has heard the demand and stated that discussions on the subject are still ongoing.
Castlevania is set to arrive on Netflix on July 7, 2017.
Source: Adi Shankar – YouTube