A Hollywood movie based on the Dracula story is to be filmed in Northern Ireland.

The multi-million dollar feature film will also have an Irish-born director.

The movie will be made by Hollywood-based Universal Pictures.

It will tell the story of the man who became Dracula, the vampire character invented by author Bram Stoker who came from Clontarf in Dublin.

Another Dubliner Gary Shore, who made his name making award-winning commercials, will direct the movie in what will be his first feature film.

Pre-production has already begun in Belfast and the main shooting will take place at locations across the north between August and November.

Universal has been given over £1.5m (€1.77m) in funding to make the Dracula picture and it is expected the movie will deliver £15m in spending on local goods and services.