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Nicolas Cage reveals unexpected inspiration for Dracula in new movie

Digital Spy (UK) logo Digital Spy (UK) 09/01/2022 Tasha Hegarty

Nicolas Cage has played some iconic roles over the years – even playing himself – but he's about to tackle a literary classic: Dracula.

He's set to star in Renfield, a reimagining of Bram Stoker's classic gothic horror story, which stars Nicholas Hoult in the titular role, and he's taken inspiration from a surprising source.

James Wan's 2021 horror Malignant has served as Cage's inspiration for playing Dracula, most specifically in the movement of the character.

Nicolas Cage posing for the camera © JC Olivera - Getty Images Nicolas Cage

"I want it to pop in a unique way from how we've seen it played," he told Variety. "So I'm thinking to really focus on the movement of the character. You know, I saw Malignant and I thought what she did with those moves – and even Ringu with Sadako [Yamamura]. I want to look at what we can explore with this movement and voice."

He's been studying past performances of the iconic character to get to grips with what he wants to bring to his performance.


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"I looked at Bela Lugosi's performance, and then I looked at Frank Langella's performance," Cage said of the 1931 and 1979 films. "I looked at Gary's [Oldman] performance in [my] uncle's [Francis Ford Coppola] movie, which I think is just so sumptuous. Every frame is a work of art."

Nicolas Cage and Pedro Pascal in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent © Lionsgate Nicolas Cage and Pedro Pascal in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

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It seems this version is going to be a little different, with a focus on the gothic-horror genre, which Cage is really excited about.

"What makes it super fun is that it's a comedy," he revealed. "And when you get that tone right – comedy and horror – like American Werewolf in London, it's a blast. It's got to be a bullseye. But that's what I'm looking for, something new to bring to the character, and also that perfect tone of comedy and horror."

Renfield currently has no release date.

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