Kelly Overton cast in Van Helsing

Kelly_OvertonThe True Blood star will be the lead of SyFy’s new Van Helsing series.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the former werewolf will now be a vampire hunter as she stars as Vanessa Helsing, a descendant from the lineage of the legendary vampire hunter who must take charge in a world overrun by vampires.

As previously reported, “this 13-episode series will focus on Vanessa Helsing, the daughter of renowned vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing, who is resurrected five years in the future into a world where vampires have taken charge. But she discovers that she possesses a unique power over them and so becomes ‘humanity’s last hope’ in an epic struggle to take back what was lost.”

Overton (Legends, Beauty and the Beast) will also be joined by Jonathan Scarfe (Grimm, Cold Case), Christopher Heyerdahl (Gotham, Minority Report), Paul Johansson(One Tree Hill, Mad Men), David Cubitt (Medium, Arrow), and Tim Guinee (Revolution, Person of Interest).

Neil LaBute, EP and showrunner, told EW:

“We’ve been extremely blessed to get such a wonderfully talented and diverse cast for Van Helsing. We have an amazing lead actress in Kelly Overton and we’ve built a brilliant supporting cast around her. I’m very excited to begin the journey of Van Helsing with this outstanding group of actors.”

Van Helsing is due to premiere in Fall 2016.