Dracula Comedy Renfield Nicholas Hoult Joins Universal Monsters


Actor Nicholas Hoult speaks to the press wearing a red plaid shirt and black jacket.

Nicholas Hoult during the TCA 2020 Winter Press Tour on January 17, 2020 in Pasadena, California.
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He played JRR Tolkien, the X-Men Beast, and one romantic zombie-more, we all saw it in Mad Max: Fury Road. Now Nicholas Hoult is adding another notch to his already impressive genre resume, signing up to star in Chris McKay‘s Dracula-adjacent Universal Monster Movie Renfield.

The most famous representations of Renfield (so far) are probably in the 1931s Dracula (where he is played by legendary actor Dwight Frye) and the years 1992 Bram Stoker’s Dracula, in which director Francis Ford Coppola played esteemed musician and sometimes bizarre actor Tom Waits as the vampire confined to an asylum, munching on familiar bugs and larvae. This new McKay project (The War of Tomorrow, The Lego Batman Movie)– which we first heard about in end of 2019– will look at the character’s humorous potential, meaning the versatile Hoult will be able to flex his horror comedy muscles. This casting news has arrived of the hollywood reporter today.

Back in May, The walking dead‘s Robert Kirkman, who proposed Renfieldthe story of and co-produced—described it as “A story about [Renfield] being Dracula’s henchman and how shitty work that is. It’s a funny and extremely violent comedy because I have a crutch, and it’s violence. The script itself is by Ryan Ridley (whose previous writing credits include Community and Rick and morty). Renfield is one of the two a growing range on the theme of Dracula movies as well as Universal’s growing line of monster movies, the latter inspired by its own classics as a result of The invisible Man and that of the studio (for now) successful remodeling of his failed Dark Universe. Other films on the way include Invisible Man by director Leigh Whannell take charge The werewolf, with Ryan Gosling; Black army by Paul Feig (2016 ghost hunters); charlie’s angels‘Elizabeth Banks’ Invisible woman movie; and that of Karyn Kusama Dracula, which is unlikely to be related to Renfield, given Universal’s new preference for stand-alone stories.

So far there is no further casting news for Renfield-probably, Will the Big Bloodsucker itself appear, along with perhaps other usual suspects like Van Helsing and Mina Harker? – but we’ll keep you posted as we learn more. What are your thoughts on Renfield? Is Hoult a good choice? Let us know in the comments!


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