Nicolas Cage’s Dracula Was Inspired by Malignant

It’s a bit surprising that Nicolas Cage hasn’t played Dracula before, but he’ll get the opportunity to do exactly that this year, in Universal’s Renfield, a reimagining of Bram Stoker’s classic gothic horror story, told from the perspective of the vampire’s lackey. Cage told Variety’s Awards Circuit podcast that he looked for inspiration in James Wan’s very recent horror film Malignant, which has arguably already acquired cult status.

Starring Nicholas Hoult in the titular role, Renfield marks a refreshing change of pace for Universal, which had previously tried to ape the Marvel Cinematic Universe in its attempts to revamp its legacy horror characters for a contemporary audience. Cage’s comments about taking inspiration from the very campy Malignant could hint at where his mind is at when it comes to playing Dracula.

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