Nicolas Cage will star opposite Nicholas Hoult in Renfield, a contemporary and comedic take on the classic master/henchman dynamic.

We were already on board for Renfield, just one of a number of upcoming films set to feature everybody’s favourite vampire, Count Dracula.

Renfield is set to focus on the immortal bloodsucker’s crazed henchman Renfield and his rather problematic relationship with Dracula, to whom he is bound by the maddening desire to receive immortal life. Dexter Fletcher was originally set to direct the film, but it was announced earlier this year that The LEGO Batman Movie‘s Chris McKay would be taking over the reins.

We’ve been looking forward to casting for this one for some time, but even we weren’t prepared for the announcement that Nicolas Cage will be returning to a live action  big studio picture for the first time in years, to play none other than Count Dracula himself. Nicholas Hoult will also be featuring as the titular Renfield.

Cage hasn’t really worked within the studio system for a decade, his post-Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance career turning into weirder independent fare such as Willy’s Wonderland and the upcoming The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talentmarking the kind of left-field shift that we don’t normally see from Oscar-winning actors at this point in their careers.

Who knows? Maybe Renfield will mark a new chapter in Cage’s career… whilst we’ve no doubt enjoyed his uneven foray into strange indie flicks, his absence from studio pictures has deprived us of seeing him star opposite talent of a similar stature, as well as working on large-scale projects. The Unbearable Weight Of Talent is already garnering buzz ahead of its April release, and with the actor’s career continuing to veer in ways that nobody could predict, off the back of this announcement, we’re intrigued to see what comes next.

More on Renfield (and Cage) as we hear it.

The Hollywood Reporter

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