Nicholas Hoult Cast As Lead In Universal’s ‘Renfield’

The vampire Count’s lunatic lackey is ready for his closeup.

Nicholas Hoult–who recently landed a starring role in the genre film The Menu–has been tapped to play Dracula’s henchman in Universal Pictures’ upcoming Renfield, according to a report on Deadline. His menu in this film will likely include an assortment of live creepy crawlies.

The horror film–directed by Chris McKay (The Tomorrow War) from a screenplay by Ryan Ridley and an original story by Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead)–is expected to be set in the present day, but plot details have been kept under wraps.

What is known is that Dracula will play a significant role in the movie. When Kirkman was asked if the undead Count would make an appearance, he responded enthusiastically. “Absolutely. Dracula’s actually a big part of the movie,” he said. “Who will play him? Can’t say. Wish I could.” That news will no doubt come sooner rather than later.

As for the lead role of Renfield, Hoult brings an impressive background to the part. A Golden Globe and Critics Choice Award nominee for Hulu’s The Great, he has appeared in Mad MaxFury Road, Warm Bodies and the XMen franchise.

The R.M. Renfield character–who first appeared in Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula–was portrayed as an inmate in a psychiatric hospital who, in reality, was a servant of the Vampire Lord. Renfield has already skulked his way through such films as Nosferatu (1922) and Dracula (1931).

Keep reading Horror News Network for further updates on Renfield.


Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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