Universal’s ‘Renfield’ Adds Emmy Award Winner To Cast

by Thomas Tuna

The latest (and perhaps most unusual) addition to the legendary Universal Pictures stable of horror flicks continues to flesh out its cast.

Renfield–the upcoming horror/comedy (or is it comedy/horror?) that puts the spotlight on Dracula’s heretofore sniveling toady–this week signed up Emmy winner and Oscar nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo, according to Deadline.

Aghdashloo–best known for her Oscar-nominated performance in House of Sand and Fog and her Emmy-winning role in HBO’s House of Saddam–will play Ella, described as a “bold woman and one of the most feared crime lords,” in the film.

She joins Nicholas Hoult as Renfield, Nicolas Cage as Dracula, Awkwafina as Rebecca Quincy, Adrian Martinez as a traffic cop named Chris and Ben Schwartz as an unnamed mobster.

Renfield–based on an original story from Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead)–also has a more detailed synopsis now. The film follows Renfield, “who has grown sick and tired of his centuries as Dracula’s lackey. The henchman finds a new lease on life–and maybe even redemption–when he falls for perennially angry traffic cop Rebecca Quincy.”

The film–currently shooting in New Orleans–is directed by Chris McKay (The Tomorrow War) from a screenplay by Ryan Ridley (Rick and Morty). McKay also produces the movie, along with Kirkman, David Alpert and Bryan and Sean Furst. Samantha Nisenboim acts as executive producer.

R.M. Renfield first appeared in Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula as a deranged asylum patient who is obsessed with blood and dining on insects. He becomes Dracula’s gofer, hoping his master will grant him eternal life. How do you think that worked out?

Renfield does not yet have a release date, so keep reading Horror News Network for further updates.


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