Nicolas Cage is sinking his teeth into the role of Dracula

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2 Dec 2021, 15:43

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The Hollywood star will bring his unique energy to a new film called Renfield, which will also feature About a Boy and Skins actor Nicholas Hoult.

Whilst Nicolas Cage will play the world’s most iconic vampire, Hoult will appear as the movie’s titular character, who first appeared in Bram Stoker’s original 1897 novel.

If you saw the classic 90s movie Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which starred Winona Ryder, Keanu Reeves and Gary Oldman, you might recall that Renfield was played amazingly by legendary gruff-voiced musician Tom Waits. Meanwhile, Sam Barnett performed the role in the TV show Penny Dreadful.

In the seminal novel, Renfield is Dracula’s henchman, and an inmate in an insane asylum. He suffers from delusions which compel him to eat living creatures in the hope that it will give him their life-force.

Not too much is known about the plot of the new film but, according to the Hollywood Reporter, it will have a comedic tone, and will be set in the modern day. 

As well as being comedic, the movie also has some horror expertise behind it, as The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman will take on a production role. 

The film will be directed by Chris McKay, who was in the chair for Chris Pratt’s recent movie, The Tomorrow War, and who also directed the excellent Lego Batman Movie.  

This won’t be the first time that Nicolas Cage has been in a vampire-themed flick. All the way back in 1989, he was in the American comedy horror film Vampire's Kiss, in which he played a character who believes he has been bitten by a vampiress.

Whilst there is no set release date for Renfield, Nicolas Cage fans will be pleased to learn that they can see him in a few projects in the near future. Early next year, he will, very excitingly, be playing a fictionalised version of himself in action-comedy The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent. 

Next year, he will also be appearing in films called The Retirement Plan, The Old Way, and Butcher's Crossing. He was set to play Joe Exotic, until Amazon’s Tiger King drama was shelved.