Hollywood actor Nicolas Cage is set to play Dracula in “Renfield,” a monster movie that centers not on the infamous vampire, but rather on his notorious lackey. The call sheet can be confusing as Cage plays alongside fellow Nic, Nicholas Hoult, who plays the off-balance henchman known as Renfield, according to Variety.
An origin story, the next movie is expected to take place these days. It’s unclear how well he’ll stick to the source material, Bram Stoker’s 1897 horror novel, “Dracula.” In the literary thriller, RM Renfield was held in an insane asylum. He was thought to suffer from delusions that forced him to eat living creatures in the hope of gaining immortality, until it was later revealed that he was under the influence of a Count Dracula.
Chris McKay, the filmmaker behind ‘The Tomorrow War’ and ‘The Lego Batman Movie’, directs and produces ‘Renfield’ from a screenplay by Ryan Ridley of ‘Rick and Morty’ fame. Cage is known to be an intensely methodical actor, gorging himself on red meat to gain weight and hooking up as a carnivore in the 2013 crime drama ‘Joe’ and removing two of his teeth without anesthesia to inflict physical pain on himself. before playing a Vietnam vet in 1984’s “Birdy”. In the case of ‘Renfield’, that could mean a lot of garlic in Cage’s future.
“Renfield” is Universal’s latest attempt to create a cinematic universe around the characters in the studio’s vast monster vault. After Tom Cruise’s 2017 reboot of “The Mummy” failed in theaters, the studio shifted its strategy away from interconnected stories and instead began to focus on stand-alone features. It also kept production budgets low, making it easier for spooky footage to turn a profit.
“Renfield” will be produced by the Skybound Entertainment film crew, including Kirkman, David Alpert, Bryan Furst and Sean Furst. McKay’s production partner, Samantha Nisenboim, will be the executive producer. (ANI)
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