Nicolas Cages Dracula will channel David Bowie and his late father

Nicolas Cage has revealed the figures he’s trying to channel in his portrayal of Dracula in upcoming horror comedy Renfield – David Bowie and his late father.

“I’m trying to become the Thin White Duke for Dracula,” he told GQ (opens in new tab), referring to the persona adopted by Bowie in the mid-’70s, which was in turn partly inspired by the character he played in The Man Who Fell to Earth.

“August Coppola’s coming back,” Cage added, speaking of his late father, who was the brother of director Francis Ford Coppola. “And he’s coming back as Dracula.”

In Bram Stoker’s iconic gothic novel, R.M. Renfield is an inmate at an asylum – thought to be experiencing delusions, he was actually a servant of Dracula. In this movie, however, Nicholas Hoult plays Renfield, Count Dracula’s henchman who decides to leave that life behind after falling in love with a traffic officer (Awkwafina). Ben Schwartz, Adrian Martinez, and Shohreh Aghdashloo will also star. 

The Lego Movie director Chris McKay is helming a modern-day retelling of the tale based on an original story by Robert Kirkman, the comic book writer best known for co-creating The Walking Dead. Ryan Ridley, who’s previously written for TV shows like Community and Rick and Morty, penned the movie’s script – so it looks like we can expect plenty of laughs.

Next up for Cage is The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, which arrives on the big screen on April 22. In the meantime, check out our list of the other upcoming movies to get excited about in 2022 and beyond.

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