Nicolas Cage: ‘Renfield’ Is “Really Not About Dracula”

by Thomas Tuna

It’s about time the bug-eater got the spotlight.

Renfield–the new Universal Pictures twist on Dracula’s sniveling lackey–hits the big screen this spring, and Nicolas Cage wants fans to know the film is about Renfield–not his version of the Vampire Lord.

Cage will put his own unique spin on the iconic bloodsucker, but–as he recently told Collider–the movie “is really not about Dracula. I don’t have a lot of screen time. It’s really Nick Hoult’s movie–it’s about Renfield.”

The Oscar winner added that he didn’t have a “two-hour narrative to dig deep into Dracula’s pathos. It’s not that. But I did have enough screen time to develop a pop-art style for the character that hopefully will be a nice contribution to the other performers who have done it.”

Cage said Dracula is a character “who’s been done well many times–and then been done poorly many times. So you want to be on the side of doing something well, and doing something fresh and something that pops.”

The R-rated horror-comedy–slated for release April 14–is directed by Chris McKay from a screenplay by Ryan Ridley, and stars Nicholas Hoult as the “loyal, tortured aide of Dracula who has been forced to procure his master’s prey and do his every bidding,” according to the synopsis.

But now, Renfield wants a life apart from the Prince of Darkness–“if only he can figure out how to end his co-dependency.”

The feature also stars Awkwafina, Ben Schwartz, Adrian Martinez, Shoreh Aghdashloo, Bess Rous and James Moses Black.

Keep reading Horror News for further updates on Renfield.


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