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Nicolas Cage Is Playing Dracula? Shut Up and Take My Money!

America's spookiest actor finally gets the role of a lifetime.

Nicolas Cage in 'Vampire's Kiss'

Every few years, a film or television studio decides to reboot one of literature’s great monsters. Hollywood history is littered with various adaptations of Frankenstein, the Invisible Man, or Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. But few can rival the seductive and horrifying Dracula, the most famous vampire of all time.

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Bram Stoker’s iconic vampire has appeared in dozens of films spanning decades and genres. And now, the Dracula story is getting another reboot: Chris McKay (The Tomorrow War) is helming Universal Pictures’ Renfield. The film will star Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class, The Great) as Dracula’s enthralled manservant, based on a story pitched by Robert Kirkman (The Walkng Dead) and written by Ryan Ridley (Rick and Morty). And who will be playing Dracula? None other than NICOLAS CAGE!

Let’s be real: there are few actors better suited to play the flamboyant vampire count than Cage. And frankly, it’s surprising this is his first outing as the character. Cage previously played a delusional man who thought he was becoming a vampire in 1988’s cult classic film Vampire’s Kiss. In the film, Cage’s character dons plastic vampire teeth, bites unsuspecting women, and delivers the best screaming rant about filing you will ever see.

Joining Cage and Hoult is Awkwafina in an undisclosed role, and details about the dark comedy have been kept under wraps. Renfield is part of Universal’s attempt to reboot their classic monster line-up after their grand plans for the Dark Universe fell apart.

Instead of an interconnected universe, Universal is finding visionary directors to tackle different versions of their monster squad. 2020 saw Elisabeth Moss starring in Leigh Whannell’s thrilling The Invisible Man, which was a critical and commercial hit (Whannell is currently working on a Wolf Man film set to star Ryan Gosling). Other versions in the works include Karyn Kusama’s (Jennifer’s Body) own Dracula adaptation, and Nomadland director Chloé Zhao’s take on the legend, which she described as an “original, futuristic, sci-fi Western.”

But let’s get back to the Nicolas Cage of it all. Given Cage’s legendary eccentricities, I cannot imagine better casting for the role. This is the same man who demanded that hot yogurt be poured on his toes during a love scene in Vampire’s Kiss. This is the same method actor that had two teeth removed WITHOUT ANESTHESIA for Birdy.

I, for one, cannot wait to see Cage unleash his unhinged energy as Count Dracula. Perhaps he’ll draw on his real life experience as a vampire for the role.

(via THR, image: Hemdale Film Corporation)

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Chelsea Steiner
Chelsea was born and raised in New Orleans, which explains her affinity for cheesy grits and Britney Spears. An pop culture journalist since 2012, her work has appeared on Autostraddle, AfterEllen, and more. Her beats include queer popular culture, film, television, republican clownery, and the unwavering belief that 'The Long Kiss Goodnight' is the greatest movie ever made. She currently resides in sunny Los Angeles, with her husband, 2 sons, and one poorly behaved rescue dog. She is a former roller derby girl and a black belt in Judo, so she is not to be trifled with. She loves the word “Jewess” and wishes more people used it to describe her.

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