Nicolas Cage plays Dracula in the upcoming Universal Monsters movie Renfieldwhich is set to hit theaters on April 14, 2023. We’ve seen footage of what Cage’s Dracula will look like, and now Cage has given a sample of the voice he uses for the character in a new interview with Variety. To hear Cage’s take on Dracula, which he describes as a mix of mid-Atlantic accent with a bit of Sir Christopher Lee and a bit of Anne Bancroft for good measure.
Based on a treatment written by The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, Renfield is directed by Chris McKay (tomorrow’s war) from a screenplay by Ryan Ridley (rick and morty). In Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula,
RM Renfield was an inmate in an insane asylum who was thought to suffer from delusions, but is actually a servant of Dracula. Plot details for the film have not been announced, but it is believed to be set in the present day and not a period piece.
In this film, Renfield has served the bloodsucker for centuries, and now he
grew sick and tired of his centuries as Dracula’s lackey. The henchman finds a new lease on life and perhaps even redemption when he falls in love with Rebecca Quincy, a feisty and ever-angry traffic cop.
Renfield is played by Nicholas Hoult. Cage and Hoult are joined in the cast by Awkwafina as traffic cop Rebecca Quincy, Adrian Martinez as her partner Chris, Shohreh Aghdashloo as a feared crime lord named Ella, Bess Rous as a band member supporting “people in toxic relationships” Caitlyn, and James Moses Black and Ben Schwartz in unspecified roles.
As Universal develops several monster projects, they were thrilled to get Renfield in production first. According to Deadline, “the story’s blend of humor and action was something the studio was looking for because a lot of other properties have more of a horror element.”
Kirkman, who described the film as “a violent comedy”, produced Renfield starring Skybound Entertainment’s David Alpert, Bryan Furst and Sean Furst, alongside McKay’s producing partner Samantha Nisenboim.
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