The man, the myth, the legend that is Nicolas Cage is going to be Dracula. According to The Hollywood Reporter he has signed up to play Dracula in Renfield at Universal Pictures.
The movie will star Nicholas Hoult as the title character of R.M. Renfield. He is an inmate at a lunatic asylum. While doctors think he is delusional, he really is a servant of Count Dracula.
It is described as a modern-day adventure story with a darkly comedic tone. This, and the character of Renfield, will be somewhat different from the character as presented in Bram Stoker’s Dracula:
“R. M. Renfield, aetat 59. Sanguine temperament, great physical strength, morbidly excitable, periods of gloom, ending in some fixed idea which I cannot make out. I presume that the sanguine temperament itself and the disturbing influence end in a mentally-accomplished finish, a possibly dangerous man, probably dangerous if unselfish. In selfish men, caution is as secure an armour for their foes as for themselves. What I think of on this point is, when self is the fixed point the centripetal force is balanced with the centrifugal. When duty, a cause, etc., is the fixed point, the latter force is paramount, and only accident or a series of accidents can balance it. — From Dr. John Seward’s journal”
The director is Chris McKay (The Tomorrow War, The Lego Batman Movie) and he will produce with Ryan Ridley (Rick and Morty) who is writing. The idea is based on an outline by The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman. Kirkman will produce alongside David Alpert, Bryan Furst, and Sean Furst.
Cage as Dracula? Intriguing. Cage has been buried in independent productions with a couple of voice-acting gigs such as The Croods. Pig was well received, and The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent looks promising. Is Cage about to return to big-budget, A-list productions? A Face/Off sequel is still in the pipeline. Will he ever beat his salad days of Con Air and The Rock, when he was one of the biggest action stars on the planet for a short period of time?
The Last Voyage of the Demeter, which will be darker ad more horror focussed, has completed filming and is due out next year meaning there are two Dracula projects on the horizon.