Netflix has shared a new trailer for the highly anticipated anime-influenced Western animated television series, Castlevania: Nocturne.
Nocturne serves as the spin-off to the acclaimed 2017 series, Castlevania, which is itself based on the video game series of the same. The trailer offers fans an up-close look at the series’ intriguing new characters, storyline, and trademark intense vampire-slaying action sequences.
Set during the French Revolution in 1792, Castlevania: Nocturne introduces Richter Belmont, a descendant of the original show’s protagonists, Trevor Belmont and Sypha Belnades. Richter is enlisted by a group of magicians to combat a vampire known as the “Vampire Messiah,” who, along with the counter-revolutionary rulers, aims to plunge the world into darkness by “eating the sun”, and enslave the entire human race, with the assistance of nightmarish mythical creatures. Richter and the vampire hunter Maria Renard, stand as humanity’s last hope against this looming threat.
A year after announcing the series, Netflix has also unwrapped the identities and backgrounds of the series’ main characters. Among the noteworthy voice actors are Edward Bluemel as the protagonist Richter, Pixie Davies as Maria, a magician, as well as a leader fighting for justice, and Thuso Mbedu as the resourceful Annette, a former slave turned magic-wielding savior. Sydney James Harcourt takes on the role of Edouard, a once-renowned opera singer now allied with Annette, while Nastassja Kinski voices Tera, a maternal figure with a traumatic past, guiding the young vampire hunters. Zahn McClarnon plays Olrox, Richter’s conflicted enemy who also killed his mother. Franka Potente voices Erzsebet Báthory, the queen of vampires who plans to take over the entire world.
Castlevania Continues on Netflix With Nocturne
Following Castlevania‘s conclusion in May 2021, Netflix announced that a new series with a new cast of characters was being planned, expanding the Castlevania universe. While the original series adapts the 1989 video game, Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse, Nocturne is based on the 1993’s entry, Castlevania: Rondo of Blood.
Castlevania: Nocturne‘s first season will consist of eight 25-minute episodes. Interestingly, the original show’s inaugural season only released 4 episodes, while the following seasons increased the number to 8, 10, and 10 episodes.
Castlevania: Nocturne, is set to premiere on Netflix, on Sept. 28, 2023.