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Who Will Be the Next Dracula?

7/11/2006 5:42 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Viggo Mortenson / Star Jones / Johnny Depp / Nicolas CageFirst Batman returned with "Batman Begins" then Superman flys into the action with, well, "Superman Returns." Now it's time for the original tormented man in a cape to rise from the grave as Universal Pictures has decided to resurrect Dracula from his slumber.

The studio has optioned a script entitled "Dracula Year Zero." It turns out everyone gets a fresh start-- including Vlad the Impaler who returns in a tragic dark love story.

While no production date has been slated, TMZ is curious who will fill Bela Lugosi's shoes in the title role.

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