Sam Worthington May Be Our Next Big Vampire In ‘Dracula Year Zero’

Sam Worthington had a helluva 2009. He was the bright spot in an otherwise underwhelming return to mankind’s bleak, Skynet-run future in “Terminator Salvation.” Now he’s a name on everyone’s lips for his starring role in James Cameron’sAvatar,” which as of yesterday passed “Titanic” as the top-grossing worldwide release of all-time.

Worthington isn’t about to let that cred fade away either; we’ll next see him in March — or April, if yesterday’s 3-D news pans out — as Perseus in “Clash of the Titans.” And now there’s talk that he may also be getting involved with the latest pop culture phenomenon: vampires. Dracula, to be precise.

Worthington is in talks to star as the original blood-sucker in “Dracula Year Zero,” Variety reports. Don’t confuse this with “Vlad,” the Brad Pitt-produced look at the life of Vlad the Impaler, Bram Stoker’s inspiration for Dracula. “Year Zero” is fantasy fiction, as director Alex Proyas told us back in 2008. He’s still set to helm the flick, with a script from “Flash Gordon” reboot writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless.

The story will blend fact with fiction as it follows Vlad III, real-life 15th century Prince of Wallachia, on his road to immortality. Essentially, we’re looking at an origin story for Dracula. The 1992 adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel also delved into the birth of vampire zero, but only peripherally. Don’t expect to see Abraham Van Helsing or Tom Waits in a straitjacket or anything.

Like next month’s “The Wolfman,” “Year Zero” is yet another sign of Universal looking back to their creature feature roots. We’ll have to wait and see what happens with this Worthington casting, as it doesn’t appear to be definite and any plans for an “Avatar” sequel might interfere, but his presence would definitely give “Year Zero” quite a boost. Of course, there are also those of us who would still rather see him play Captain America.

Can you picture Worthington as Dracula? Do you think this would be a good move for him? Would you rather see an “Avatar” sequel come first? What do you think of Worthington’s rapidly evolving reputation as a go-to action star?