Nicolas Cage will be playing Dracula!
In a role that really should have been his ages ago (although he did dabble with vampirism in 1989 flick Vampire’s Kiss), The Cage has signed up to play the Transylvanian Count in a Universal Pictures monster movie titled Renfield.
As reported by THR, the film will be following Dracula’s titular acolyte and henchman, R. M. Renfield, to be played by Nicholas Hoult. Both Dracula and Renfield originated in Bram Stoker’s 1897 Gothic horror novel, Dracula, which depicted Renfield as a mental asylum patient who serves Dracula in the hope that the vampire will grant him immortality.
Set to direct the film, which is being described as “a modern-day adventure story that is comedic in tone,” is The Tomorrow War and The LEGO Batman Movie helmer Chris McKay. The screenplay comes from Ryan Ridley, whose primarily television credits include Rick and Morty, Community, and Invincible. The Walking Dead and Invincible executive producer Robert Kirman came up with the original story outline and will be producing alongside David Alpert, Bryan Furst and Sean Furst.
This will mark a return to the big studio project for Cage, who has been putting in a lot of work in the indie market over the years. As lead, Cage’s last major studio film was Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance back in 2011. He has, though, put in voice work in large-scale animated films such as Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, The Croods, and The Croods: A New Age. The actor’s upcoming credits include The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, where he’ll play a version of himself; action-comedy The Retirement Plan; and western The Old Way.
As for Hoult, he can be seen in the series The Great, with Elle Fanning. His upcoming films include comedy-horror The Menu, with Anya Taylor-Joy and Ralph Fiennes; and sci-fi action-comedy Alpha Gang, with Mackenzie Davis and Sofia Boutella.