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Nicolas Cage will don fangs again as Dracula in Universal’s “RENFIELD” movie

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

Over 30 years after portraying a wannabe bloodsucker in VAMPIRE’S KISS (pictured), the actor will now be playing the real thing.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Nicolas Cage has signed on to play Count Dracula in RENFIELD, Universal’s latest revision of its classic monster library. In this version, which (like Universal’s 2020 INVISIBLE MAN reboot) will likely take place in the present day, Dracula’s vermin-eating henchman is the central character, and the movie will be an origin story. Nicholas Hoult (MAD MAX: FURY ROAD) will play Renfield, and Chris McKay (THE TOMORROW WAR) will direct the film from a script by Ryan Ridley, based on an original story outline by THE WALKING DEAD creator Robert Kirkman.

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.