RENFIELD (2023) Nicolas Cage as Dracula! First trailer and reactions

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‘Sucks to be him’
Renfield is a 2023 American comedy horror film about the character of Count Dracula’s servant R.M. Renfield, based on Bram Stoker‘s novel. It is described as a “modern-day adventure story that is comedic in tone.”

Directed by Chris McKay (The Tomorrow War; The Lego Batman Movie). Nicholas Hoult (The Menu; Jack the Giant Slayer; Warm Bodies) is playing the titular character whilst Count Dracula is played by Nicolas Cage. Awkwafina (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings) and Shohreh Aghdashloo (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) are also in Renfield.

Chris McKay is also a co-producer, alongside Robert Kirkman, David Alpert, Bryan Furst and Sean Furst. Ryan Ridley (Ghosted; Rick and Morty) wrote the screenplay, based on an original story outline by aforementioned Robert Kirkman. The character of Renfield is, of course, infamous for eating bugs in a lunatic asylum cell and is most closely associated in the past with actor Dwight Frye.

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Plot synopsis:
In this modern monster tale of Dracula’s loyal servant, Nicholas Hoult stars as Renfield, the tortured aide to history’s most narcissistic boss, Dracula (Nicolas Cage). Renfield is forced to procure his master’s prey and do his every bidding, no matter how debased. But now, after centuries of servitude, Renfield is ready to see if there’s a life outside the shadow of The Prince of Darkness. If only he can figure out how to end his codependency…

In a 2022 chat with Variety, Cage discussed his approach to playing Count Dracula, saying:

“I looked at Bela Lugosi’s performance, and then I looked at Frank Langella’s performance. I looked at Gary’s [Oldman] performance in uncle’s movie, which I think it’s just so sumptuous. Every frame is a work of art. I want it to pop in a unique way from how we’ve seen it played. So I’m thinking to really focus on the movement of the character. You know, I saw Malignant, and I thought what she did with those moves — and even Ringu with Sadako [Yamamura] … I want to look at what we can explore with this movement and voice.”

Nicolas Cage infamously played a yuppie publisher who thinks he’s a vampire in Vampire’s Kiss (1988). Like Renfield, Cage actually ate a live cockroach during the movie!

Release:
Renfield
was filmed in New Orleans and will be released on April 14, 2023.

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