A title treatment has been released for Universal’s Renfield, an upcoming movie based on the character from the iconic Dracula tale. Nicholas Hoult (The Menu) is starring as Renfield, with Nicolas Cage playing Count Dracula! Renfield comes to theaters on April 14, 2023. A trailer for the film will be released tomorrow (4th Jan 2023).
Universal’s Renfield is based on an original pitch from “The Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman. Chris McKay (The Tomorrow War) is directing the movie, with Nicholas Hoult (Warm Bodies, Mad Max: Fury Road) on board to star as the central character, Dracula’s henchman. Ryan Ridley (“Rick and Morty”) wrote the script for Renfield.
“The film centers on Renfield (Hoult), who has grown sick and tired of his centuries as Dracula’s (Cage) lackey. The henchman finds a new lease on life and maybe even redemption when he falls for feisty, perennially angry traffic cop Rebecca Quincy (Awkwafina).”
Ben Schwartz, Adrian Martinez, Shohreh Aghdashloo and Bess Rouss also star.
Nicholas Hoult is starring as the titular character, the vampire count’s infamous acolyte and henchman, in the feature directed by Chris McKay (The Tomorrow War, The Lego Batman Movie). McKay and Kirkman are producing along with David Alpert, Bryan Furst and Sean Furst. McKay’s producing partner, Samantha Nisenboim, is exec producing.
The character of Renfield originated in Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula as a patient in an asylum with an obsession for drinking blood, deluded into thinking he will find immortality. He bows at the feet of Dracula, who, in the very definition of toxic work environments and co-dependent relationships, feeds him insects and rats and dangles everlasting life in front of him.
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