Universal Pictures is continuing with the production of Renfield, a film about Dracula’s servant that appeared in the legendary novel by Bram Stocker and also in its later adaptation directed by Francis Ford Coppola. While the main character will be played by Nicholas Hoult, it has now been revealed that Nicolas Cage will play the iconic vampire.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cage will play Dracula in the film, directed by Chris McKay (Tomorrow’s War). The film has been written by Ryan Ridley and is based on an original story by Robert Kirkman. McKay and Kirkman serve as producers alongside David Alpert, Bryan Furst and Sean Furst. Samantha Nisenboim will serve as executive producer. At the moment the details of the plot are unknown and the release date has not been revealed.
In Bram Stoker’s novel, Renfield was an inmate of the asylum run by Dr. John Seward who ate insects and other small animals in the hope of consuming his life force and, like his master Dracula whom he served unconditionally by aspiring to life eternal, become immortal. Dwight Frye played the character in 1931’s Dracula and Tom Waits played the servant in the 1992 adaptation directed by Francis Ford Coppola.
Cage consolidated his career in the 1980s thanks to titles such as Moonlight or Arizona Baby. In the 90s he participated in such popular titles as Wild Heart, Con Air (Convicts in the air), Face to face or Leaving Las Vegas, a film that earned him the Oscar for best leading actor.
Next, the Ghost Rider and The Search sagas, Wicker Man, Family Man, Adaptation (The Orchid Thief) or The Lord of War are other outstanding titles from his filmography. Focusing lately on more independent and series B productions, his latest work is Pig and, in addition to Renfield, he will soon release The Retirement Plan, The Old Way and Butcher’s Crossing, as well as a still untitled project for Amazon Studios.