Take a bite out of this news! Nicolas Cage is confirmed to play Dracula in Universal’s upcoming film Renfield, a monster movie that will focus on Dracula’s sidekick. Renfield made his first appearance in Bram Stoker’s 1897 Gothic horror novel Dracula which follows the narrative of solicitor Jonathan Harker taking a business trip to stay at the castle of a Transylvanian noble, Count Dracula.
Cage has a history of behing an intense method actor and had taken a break from Hollywood films for a while. In an interview with Variety, he stated that that the commercial constraints that were imposed on his performances was the main reason he abandoned Hollywood and opted to work for more low-budget independent films.
Renfield is Universal’s latest venture into creating a cinematic universe based on characters from the studio’s vast monster vault with the most recent film being The Invisible Man in 2020.
Chris McKay, the filmmaker for The Lego Batman Movie, is directing and producing Renfield from a screenplay by Ryan Ridley, who is known for his work on Rick and Morty. Mckay’s producing partner Samantha Nisenboim will be joining the project as executive producer. Additionally, Awkwafina and Nicholas Hoult will also co-star along Cage. No further details have been released.