Pig actor Nicolas Cage says his starring role as Dracula is Renfield is yet to be finalised, and discusses his favourite performance of 2021. 

In an interview with AwardsWatch on his film Pig, Nicolas Cage discusses the role of Dracula and his favourite performance of 2021. The actor is set to play the legendary vampire in Universal’s upcoming monster film Renfield,  which will focus on Dracula’s long-term servant becoming tired of his centuries-long role. Cage says that his place in the films’ cast is not yet finalised, but speaks passionately on his love for the character.

On the subject of Dracula, he says he is drawn to the character by the idea of ‘love in exile’. “This was a being that had so much love”, Cage explains. “He made the wrong choices and wound up in exile”. He praises his uncle, Francis Ford Coppola’s depiction of the character for capturing this part of him. It sounds as though if Cage were to be cast in Renfield, he would focus on the tragic aspect of the isolated vampire. Hopefully he gets the part – it would be an excellent addition to his filmography.

Cage also discusses the performance of 2021 that really moved him – he instantly points to Kristen Stewart in Spencer. While the actor isn’t keen on the film about Princess Diana as a whole, he describes Stewart’s performance as “pretty heartbreaking”. He says the role connected with him as it reminded him of his own mother. “What [Stewart] did, I thought, was really emotional for me because, I mean, my mom had some issues”.

Dracula isn’t the only interesting role lined up for Cage. He set to play, well, himself in The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent. Unfulfilled and financially ruined, Cage accepts a one million dollar offer to appear at a fan’s birthday party. Things don’t go quite to plan when a CIA agent recruits him for a top-secret operation, and he must channel his most famous characters in order to succeed and survive. Take a look at the trailer.

The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent will be in UK cinemas on 22nd April 2022. Renfield is currently in pre-production. More news as we hear it.

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