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Nicolas Cage will play Dracula in Universal’s Renfield movie

Universal Pictures’ Renfield already has Nicholas Hoult as the titular disciple of Dracula, who first appeared in Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel.

Chris McKay (The Tomorrow War, The Lego Batman Movie) is directing the film, which is described as a modern-day adventure story that is comedic in tone…which sounds nothing like the Renfield characters tragic story. I’ve no idea how they could turn it into that kind of movie, without it being at the expense of Renfield’s mental state. Tom Waits played the character in the 1992 film, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and that gave a good look at the damage the Count had done to Renfield.

The big news is that Nicolas Cage has been cast as Dracula, which I think is splendid news as I do like a bit of Cage. Good to see him cast in a major studio movie again. It has been a while since Cage has done anything vampire-like. I think 1989 Vampire’s Kiss is the closest he has got, but I may be wrong.

I would love to see Cage bring the quiet intensity he had in Michael Sarnoski’s Pig to the role of Count Dracula, but judging by the tone they are going for I fear it will be peak Cage with lots of shouting.

Hopefully, my fears will be unfounded and the concept they are going for will work. Plus it is all still very vague so hopefully more information in the future will give us a better idea as to what to expect.

McKay and Robert Kirkman are producing along with David Alpert, Bryan Furst and Sean Furst. McKay’s producing partner, Samantha Nisenboim, is exec producing. Ryan Ridley (Ghosted, Rick and Morty) wrote the script based on an original story outline from Kirkman.


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