Universal has made multiple, generally unsuccessful attempts to revive their classic movie monsters as something other than nostalgic Halloween images. Their forthcoming Renfield, a dramatic/comedic, modern-day exploration of the toxic relationship between the vampire and his underling, may be the most unusual to date. The film will star Nicholas Hoult, who has appeared in some X-Men films as Hank McCoy, turned up in Mad Max: Fury Road, and played Tolkien in the eponymous biopic. Awkwafina, fresh from Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, has also landed a key role.
Most of the attention, however, has gone to the decision to cast Nicholas Cage— he of intense and decidedly mixed past performances– as the Count.
Will this batty project fly?
And will there be bees?