Gabriel Byrne has joined the cast of the big screen adaptation of author Richelle Mead's bestselling series Vampire Academy.

Deadline.com reports that Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters will see Byrne play Victor, one of the leaders of the academy, with Modern Family's Sarah Hyland playing his daughter, Natalie.

The Vampire Academy books tell the story of teenager Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutch) and her vampire best friend Lissa (Lucy Fry), who both attend a special school for vampires.

Filming begins this week and the cast also includes Olga Kurylenko and Joely Richardson.