After going in search of his truffle pig in Pig and having embodied his own role in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, Nicolas Cage has returned to Hollywood sets for resurrect a famous Dark Universe fire monster – formerly called Monster Cinematic Universe –, this aborted franchise project which was to feature characters from the Universal Monsters horror movie gallery.
In Renfield, he adorned himself with his most beautiful canines to embody Count Dracula while Nicholas Hoult interprets the main role of Renfield in this spin-off project centered on his henchman. In Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel, Renfield is committed to a psychiatric hospital for manic delusions causing him to drink blood to find immortality. He is actually under the control of Dracula and it is this abusive relationship, between domination and rebellion, which will be explored in the new studio project.
In the first trailer with a very humorous tone, Renfield is in group therapy to confide in his “toxic relationship” with his boss who sends him to look for his future victims. He will try to emancipate himself thanks to a policewoman played by the very cool rapper-actress Awkwafina.
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To bring modernity to the script and infuse it with a comedy tone, Universal called on Ryan Ridley, known for his work on rick and mortyfrom an original story by Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead, Invincible, Marvel Zombies). This is Chris McKay (The Tomorrow War, The Lego Batman Movie 2) who will direct the film, while Nicolas Cage will succeed a long list of actors who have already played the role of Count Dracula in the cinema, such as Luke Evans, Gary Oldman or Frank Langella.
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Renflied is expected on May 31, 2023 in French cinemas.