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The Brides

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The Brides
Created byRoberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Based onBrides of Dracula
  • Gina Torres
  • Erin Richards
  • Katherine Reis
  • Goran Višnjić
  • Chris Mason
  • Charlie McElveen
  • Sophia Tatum
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)
  • Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
  • Sarah Schechter
  • Maggie Kiley
  • Greg Berlanti
Production company(s)
  • Berlanti Productions
  • Warner Bros. Television
  • ABC Studios
  • Warner Bros. Television Distribution

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The Brides is an upcoming American horror drama television series created by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.


A vampire soap about empowered, immortal women and the things they do to maintain wealth, prestige, legacy-and their non-traditional family.[1]

Cast and characters[edit]

  • Gina Torres as Cleo Phillips, one of the three Brides of Dracula and the leader of this vampire trio, Cleo is an imperious woman with a queenly manner —understandably, as she was a queen in her former life who was turned by Dracula after the death of her husband. Now a maven of New York City real estate, Cleo is challenged professionally by a mysterious newcomer — even as her ties to her sisters are dangerously fraying.
  • Erin Richards as Renee Pélagie, the head of a top modeling agency in New York City, known for her torrid affairs with her beautiful female models. In her former life, she was the wife of the Marquis de Sade when she invited Dracula into her “house of pain” and asked to be “turned” by him.
  • Katherine Reis as Lily Stevens, she is the youngest of the three Brides of Dracula, a striving singer in New York City whose relationship to a news reporter threatens to tear apart her marriage to her “sisters.” In her former life, she braved the streets of Jack the Ripper’s London, until being “rescued” by Dracula.
  • Goran Višnjić as Dracula, he is the powerful, ageless, and iconic King of Night who “turned” each of his three brides, Dracula is left for dead at his destroyed castle in the Carpathian mountains while his three wives — Cleo, Renée, and Lily — flee to start a new life together.
  • Chris Mason as Roland Grant, he is a stylish real estate mogul arrives in town to challenge Cleo the “Queen of New York City real estate,” and the leader of the brides of Dracula — for professional supremacy. With secret ties to Dracula, Roland has a personal stake in the destruction of the Brides.
  • Charlie McElveen as Arthur Seward, an ambitious young news reporter, Arthur works the graveyard shift at his paper, covering news of the bizarre. He becomes infatuated with Lily, a striving singer in New York City — unaware that she is, in fact, an immortal vampire.
  • Sophia Tatum as Justine Strang, completely friendless and new to town, Justine shows up at the studio of Renée Pélagie, a top modeling agent in New York City and the “middle” bride of Dracula. Renée soon takes this young, hungry, aspiring model under her wing, unaware that Justine may have a past with Dracula as well.



In 2015, NBC began to develop a TV series about the Brides of Dracula characters titled Brides, written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and produced by Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter. The series was built on the premise "What if Van Helsing did NOT kill the three brides of Dracula? What if they survived for centuries and are now living in New York City?", with the series being described as a sexy re-imagining of Dracula as a family drama with a trio of strong, diverse female leads, a show about empowered women and their attempts to maintain wealth, prestige, legacy, and their non-traditional family.[2] In October 2019, the series was still being developed with the intention to sell it to a streaming service.[3] On January 8, 2020, it was announced that ABC network handed out a pilot order to the series. Aguirre-Sacasa will pen the script and exec produce alongside Berlanti and Schechter. Maggie Kiley will direct the pilot. The Brides will be a co-production between ABC Studios and Warner Bros. Television.[4]On June 29, 2020, ABC decided to drop the series from the 2020-2021 lineup during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the series is being pitched to other networks.[5]


In March 2020, Deadline reported the cast: Gina Torres as Cleo Phillips[6]; Katherine Reis as Lily Stevens[7]; Chris Mason as Roland Grant[7]; Sophia Tatum as Justine Strang[7]; Goran Višnjić as Dracula[8]; Erin Richards as Renée Pélagie[9]; and Charlie McElveen as Arthur Seward.[10]


  1. Andreeva, Nellie (January 8, 2020). "Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Berlanti Prods.' 'The Brides' Dracula Reimagining Gets ABC Pilot Order". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  2. Andreeva, Nellie (September 1, 2015). "Brides of Dracula Drama From Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Greg Berlanti Lands At NBC With Pilot Production Commitment". Deadline Hollywood. Los Angeles, California: Penske Media Corporation.
  3. Andreeva, Nellie (October 21, 2019). "Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Gets HBO Max Pilot Order For 'The Shelley Society' Gothic Drama, Teams With Berlanti Prods. For 'The Brides' Dracula Reimagining". Deadline Hollywood.
  4. Goldberg, Lesley (January 8, 2020). "'Brides' of Dracula Drama From 'Riverdale' Bosses Nabs ABC Pilot Order". Hollywood Reporter.
  5. Nellie Andreeva (June 29, 2020). "'Thirtysomething(else)', 'The Brides' & 'Valley Trash' Pilots Not Going Forward At ABC". Deadline Hollywood.
  6. Nellie Andreeva (March 2, 2020). "Gina Torres To Headline 'The Brides' Dracula Reimagining ABC Pilot". Deadline Hollywood.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Nellie Andreeva (March 3, 2020). "Katherine Reis To Star In Brides Of Dracula ABC Pilot, Chris Mason & Sophia Tatum Also Cast". Deadline Hollywood.
  8. Nellie Andreeva (March 9, 2020). "Goran Višnjić To Play Dracula In 'The Brides' ABC Supernatural Drama Pilot". Deadline Hollywood.
  9. Nellie Andreeva (March 11, 2020). "'The Brides': Erin Richards To Star In Dracula Reimagining ABC Pilot". Deadline Hollywood.
  10. Denise Petski (March 11, 2020). "'The Brides' Pilot Casts Charlie McElveen; Juan Alfonso Joins 'Ultra Violet & Blue Demon'". Deadline Hollywood.

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