In “Renfield”, Nicolas Cage lends his features to the legendary Dracula, while Nicholas Hoult embodies his faithful worshiper. The two actors reveal themselves in surprising costumes in the first shots of the shooting, which is currently taking place in New Orleans.
Renfield: the difficult life of Dracula’s apprentice
After many adaptations centered on the famous vampire created by Bram Stoker, Universal has chosen to develop a feature film around his assistant RM Renfield. In the original novel, the latter is interned in a psychiatric hospital. The great worshiper of Count Dracula, the patient feeds on animals that he ingests alive. And when his lord lands in London on a ship, Renfield’s delusions only get worse.
In the Dracula signed Francis Ford Coppola and released in 1993, musician Tom Waits lends his features to the character. Nicholas Hoult succeeds him in Renfielddirected by Chris McKay (The Tomorrow War, Lego Batman the movie). This new version will apparently be less faithful to the novel and should be a horror-comedy according to the words of Nicolas Cage, focused on the bloody daily life of the servant. The two actors were recently photographed on the set in New Orleans by the American site People.
Nicolas Cage finds a vampire role
In these shots, Nicholas Hoult wears a modern outfit. His sweater and his bloody face give hope for joyfully gory sequences. Nicolas Cage, for his part, opted for a much more eccentric look, decked out in a red velvet suit and particularly long false nails that perfectly matched his baghouses. Kitsch and colorful appearance contrast perfectly with her pale complexion. No doubt the actor will know to bring the necessary madness to the character.
Asked by variety, Nicolas Cage explained that he wanted to bring something new to the famous vampire, wanting to deviate from the compositions of Bela Lugosi, Frank Langella, and Gary Oldman, three of his predecessors who played the count. The actor, who plays a bloodsucker again after kissing me vampire said he wanted to be inspired by the movements of the killer of Malignant as well as Sadako Yamamura, the terrifying maiden of Ring.
More recently, he told QG also having his father August in mind to feed his game. Particularly enthusiastic vis-à-vis the film, the actor added for variety :
What makes it super fun is that it’s a comedy. And when you find the right tone between comedy and horror, like The Werewolf of London, It’s awesome. (…) What I’m looking for is something new to bring to the character, and also that perfect tone between horror and comedy.
Statements that obviously reinforce the expectation around Renfield. Awkwafina and Ben Schwartz complete the cast of the feature film, to discover in French cinemas on April 12, 2023.