Nicolas Cage: “Renfield” turns Dracula into a “Warhol”-like character

“It’s going to be a pop art Dracula,” teased Cage.

For his next career transformation, Nicolas Cage wants to become the Andy Warhol of the undead.

Oscar winner Cage teased upcoming dark comedy Renfield in a new cover story for Empire magazine. Cage plays a modern-day Dracula whose servant Renfield (Nicholas Hoult) dreams of breaking free from his eternal care of the undead bloodsucker. Renfield meets a traffic cop (Awkwafina) and gangsters played by Ben Schwartz and Shohreh Aghdashloo. Chris McKay is directing the Universal Pictures film, which is set to premiere on April 14, 2023.

“As I got a sense of where McKay was going, I realized the film had a comedic, pop-art attitude,” Cage told Empire. “So I thought, ‘This is going to be a pop art Dracula.’ Warhol made a great black-on-black Dracula. It’s in that Warhol vein.”

Cage was inspired by the original vampire masterpiece Nosferatu. “I’ve noticed all these little gestures that are ‘over the top’ by today’s standards,” Cage explained. “If Max Schreck does it [snaps his wrist and extends his fingers] and goes up in smoke, I thought, ‘What is this? is it dance What is he conveying?’ I said to Chris McKay that I really wanted to find a place to put that in Renfield. I haven’t seen the film so I don’t know if they kept it, but I tried.”

He added, “It’s mostly a studio picture, so I wanted to play with it, ‘What can I get away with here?’ When you play Dracula, you have a lot of leeway.”

The ‘Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent’ star previously said he drew inspiration from James Wan’s ‘Malignant’ for a ‘terrifying’ choreography as Dracula. “I’m hoping to do something like this where Dracula can either slide or move like Sadako in ‘Ringu,'” Cage told the Los Angeles Times earlier this year.

Co-star Hoult previously hinted at other Cage inspirations, including Anne Bancroft’s role in The Graduate.

“Being in the same room with Nic Cage, I mean, that’s a journey,” Hoult said during an interview with BBC Radio 1. Re his servant is truly one of the funniest I’ve had on screen while being tortured . It’s really brilliant.”

Hoult added, “There isn’t a full Transylvanian accent, but it’s really interesting. He draws from so many fascinating places. He would make a scene. He would say it’s a bit like Anne Bancroft in ‘The Graduate’ at that moment. And you see, he just takes all these little elements. He loves movies, he loves acting and that’s why he’s a wonderful person. He brings so much.”

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