With San Diego Comic Con just a few weeks away, the first image of Kelly Overton as “Van Helsing” has been released.
Since news of the series broke in February, Syfy has kept Van Helsing under wraps. The first piece of major news we learned, in conjunction with the announcement of the series, was that Kelly Overton would play Vanessa Helsing, daughter of Abraham, who must lead a human resistance in a post-apocalyptic world run by vampires. We then learned that Zenescope Entertainment was linked to the show based on their Liesel Van Helsing comic book character. Within the last week, news on the show has been coming in hot with the announcement of its presence at San Diego Comic Con and the official filming wrap of season one.
Since the first promotional image, Van Helsing has given off a Resident Evil-style overtone. You see Vanessa in a wasteland in dirty, grungy clothes reminiscent of Alice in Resident Evil. In the first image of Kelly Overton in character, courtesy of SFX magazine, you can see the quiet determination of a leader and a vampire hunter. There will certainly be a darker feel and this has the potential to go in a Mad Max kind of direction. Kelly Overton looks great as Vanessa Helsing, whom we have learned at the start of the show has awakened from a coma to a world overrun by vampires and has a daughter named Dylan whom she’s trying to locate.
“The contemporary post-apocalyptic setting – and the introduction of Vanessa Helsing as a human vampire hybrid who is capable of turning vampires back to humans – make Van Helsing very different from any of the previous versions people have seen.” – writer/executive producer Simon Barry.
This has the makings of an excellent series which can run for many years on Syfy. Kelly Overton is the perfect actress for this kind of role after her time on True Blood. Her fellow cast members come from solid programs such as Hell On Wheels (Jonathan Scarfe, Christopher Heyerdahl), Ray Donovan (David Cubitt), Mad Men (Paul Johansson) and Homeland (Tim Guinee). The studio behind the show, Nomadic Pictures, was also behind the hit FX show Fargo. Neil LaBute is an accomplished playwright and is behind such films as In The Company of Men and Lakeview Terrace.
We here at Universal Monsters Universe are looking forward to the show’s Fall premiere. And be sure to stay tuned for more on Syfy’s Van Helsing.
(Joe Grodensky – @JoeGrodensky)