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Danielle Zhu
November 02, 2015 AT 07:11 PM EST

Dozens of actors have portrayed the vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing, but next year will see a new reimagining of the Dracula character. Syfy has picked up Van Helsing, a sci-fi action series that will center around a female lead.

The show will focus on Vanessa Helsing, the next in line of a lineage of vampire hunters. After being resurrected five years in the future – when vampires have taken over the world – Vanessa must fight to save humanity.  

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“Van Helsing represents a new mythology in sci-fi by challenging traditional vampire rules,” said executive producer Chad Oakes in a statement. “The series is unique in exploring a world completely dominated by vampires, while the human characters have to learn the importance of working together to ensure their survival.”

Writer-director Neil LaBute will serve as showrunner, and the 13-episode season is set to premiere in fall 2016. 

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