The next film in a wave of Dracula spin-offs has completed shooting, with a planned release date of January 2023.

Of all of the Dracula spin-off movies we have on the way, including Dexter Fletcher’s Renfield (if that ever happens) and the recently-announced film following Van Helsing’s sons, it’s Last Voyage Of The Demeter which is the most intriguing. Andre Øvredal’s upcoming film promises to take on a single chapter of Bram Stoker’s original book, where the vampire preys on the unwitting crew of the Demeter as he travels by sea to England.

Whilst we’ll have to see if all of those projects, (also including Chloe Zhao’s wild-sounding sci-fi western Dracula tale) come to fruition, we know we’ll be getting The Last Voyage Of The Demeter at some point as the film has wrapped production.

In the film, Javier Botet is the latest Drac. The 6’7 actor has played a gallery of monsters including Slender Man, the xenomorph in Alien Covenant, as well as roles in established horror franchises such as It and The Conjuring. Whilst we’re yet to see a trailer, Botet’s casting seems to confirm suspicions that the Dracula character in the film will be a little-seen monster who preys on his victims from the shadows, sort of like Predator if it was set on a sea voyage to Whitby.

The other casting is equally exciting: David Dastmalchian of The Suicide Squad will play the ship’s first mate, whilst Game Of Throne‘s Liam Cunningham will no doubt bring some vintage hangdog sourness to the captain’s role. Aisling Franciosi (The Nightingale) will also feature.

The film is set to arrive in January 2023, so we’ve got a while to wait yet. More as we hear it.

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