Ellen gasps, with a shadow of Count Orlock's hand across her face.

Robert Eggers’ ‘Nosferatu’ Has a Release Date!

Robert Eggers fans don’t have to wait much longer for his next film, Nosferatu! Focus Features has announced the film’s release date and released its first image.

Recommended Videos

Director Robert Eggers has become known for his haunting and atmospheric films, including The Witch, The Lighthouse, and The Northman. Eggers has proven himself a master at bringing legend and folklore to life with lush visuals and innovative filmmaking, and he’s now at work on his next endeavor: a reimagining of the classic vampire film about the ravenous Count Orlock.

Surprisingly, though, Nosferatu was actually one of the first films Eggers set out to make. Nosferatu was originally announced in July 2015, shortly after the release of The Witch. However, the film has experienced setbacks over the years, leading Eggers to make his other films The Lighthouse and The Northman in the meantime.

Nosferatu plot: What is Robert Eggers’ Nosferatu about?

Eggers’ film will be the second remake of the 1922 silent German film of the same name. The original Nosferatu, in turn, was an adaptation of Bram Stoker’s gothic masterpiece Dracula.

The plot of Nosferatu takes some major elements from Dracula. Thomas Hutter is sent to Transylvania to visit Count Orlok, who’s interested in buying property in the German town of Wisborg. Soon after Hutter arrives at Orlok’s castle, though, he starts to suspect Orlok is a vampire, and sure enough, Orlok begins to feed on the people of Wisborg—including Thomas’s wife, Ellen.

Will the new Nosferatu be scary? Eggers says yes. “Yeah, it’s a scary film,” he recently told Empire Magazine. It’s a horror movie. It’s a Gothic horror movie … And I do think that there hasn’t been an old-school Gothic movie that’s actually scary in a while. And I think that the majority of audiences will find this one to be the case.”

Nosferatu cast: Who is in Robert Eggers’ Nosferatu?

Nosferatu will include several actors who have established relationships with Robert Eggers, making this movie a treat for fans of Eggers’ previous films.

  • Bill Skarsgård will star as Count Orlok, a.k.a. Nosferatu. Skarsgård is no stranger to horror, having previously played Pennywise in It, and Keith in Barbarian.
  • Willem Defoe will play Professor Albin Eberhart Von Franz. Defoe has collaborated with Robert Eggers in the past, playing Thomas in The Lighthouse and Heimir the Fool in The Northman.
  • Lily-Rose Depp (The King) will play Ellen Hutter.
  • Ralph Ineson (The Witch, The Green Knight) will play Dr. Wilhelm Sievers.
  • Nicholas Hoult will play Thomas Hutter.
  • Aaron Taylor-Johnson will play Friedrich Harding.
  • Emma Corrin will play Anna Harding.
  • Simon BcBurney will play Herr Knock.

Harry Styles was originally slated to play Thomas Hutter, while Anya Taylor-Joy signed on to play Ellen Hutter. However, neither actor is involved in the project any longer.

In the first official image from the film, at the top of this article, we see Lily-Rose Depp as Ellen, shying away from a shadow of Orlok’s outstretched hand.

Nosferatu release date: When is Robert Eggers’ Nosferatu coming out?

Focus Features has announced that Nosferatu will come out on December 25, 2024. Get ready for a very spook Christmas!

(featured image: Focus Features)


The Mary Sue is supported by our audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a small affiliate commission. Learn more
related content
Read Article Nicholas Galitzine Confirmed as the New He-Man as ‘Masters of the Universe’ Crawls Out of Development Hell
Nicholas Galitzine with a blonde bob haircut sloppily photoshopped atop his head
Read Article Glen Powell’s Take on an Iconic Killer in ‘Hit Man’ Is Perfection
glen powell sitting at a table dressed like patrick bateman
Read Article Ryan Gosling Is Returning to Space
Ryan Gosling in 'First Man'
Read Article Of Course the ‘Furiosa’ Box Office Numbers Have Men Back on Their BS
Anya Taylor-Joy as Furiosa in 'Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga'
Read Article This New True Crime Doc May Finally Solve a Nearly 50-Year-Old Murder Case
Four actors portraying the teen victims of the Burger Chef murders, as seen in the documentary 'The Speedway Murders'
Related Content
Read Article Nicholas Galitzine Confirmed as the New He-Man as ‘Masters of the Universe’ Crawls Out of Development Hell
Nicholas Galitzine with a blonde bob haircut sloppily photoshopped atop his head
Read Article Glen Powell’s Take on an Iconic Killer in ‘Hit Man’ Is Perfection
glen powell sitting at a table dressed like patrick bateman
Read Article Ryan Gosling Is Returning to Space
Ryan Gosling in 'First Man'
Read Article Of Course the ‘Furiosa’ Box Office Numbers Have Men Back on Their BS
Anya Taylor-Joy as Furiosa in 'Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga'
Read Article This New True Crime Doc May Finally Solve a Nearly 50-Year-Old Murder Case
Four actors portraying the teen victims of the Burger Chef murders, as seen in the documentary 'The Speedway Murders'
Author
Julia Glassman
Julia Glassman (she/her) holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and has been covering feminism and media since 2007. As a staff writer for The Mary Sue, Julia covers Marvel movies, folk horror, sci fi and fantasy, film and TV, comics, and all things witchy. Under the pen name Asa West, she's the author of the popular zine 'Five Principles of Green Witchcraft' (Gods & Radicals Press). You can check out more of her writing at <a href="https://juliaglassman.carrd.co/">https://juliaglassman.carrd.co/.</a>