New Dracula Adaptation Shows Campy Take on Stoker’s Classic

The first ‘Renfield’ trailer dropped and it’s everything we could’ve wanted. Get a look at Nicolas Cage as Dracula with Nicholas Hoult as his assistant!

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There aren’t many things I love more than a Dracula adaptation. The first trailer of Renfield shows Nicolas Cage as our favorite vampire, along with Nicholas Hoult as his tortured assistant, Renfield. This campy take on Bram Stoker’s classic is everything we needed and more. Get a look at the trailer below and read everything we know so far about the upcoming adaptation. 

Renfield Official Trailer:

The newest Dracula adaptation follows Renfield (Nicholas Hoult) as he is completely fed up with doing Dracula’s bidding. It’s time for Renfield to break up with his boss– Quite literally, as we see in the first seconds of the trailer. Dracula (Nicolas Cage) requires Renfield to bring him his victims as payment for powers that he gifted him. Renfield’s outlook on life begins to change once he meets a cop named Rebecca Quincy (Awkwafina).

Nicolas Cage as Dracula in upcoming Renfield movie
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Nicolas Cage presents a very campy Dracula as he barges into Renfield’s counseling circle that we all can’t wait to see more of. Cage told Variety in an interview,

“What makes it super fun is that it’s a comedy, and when you get that tone right — comedy and horror — like ‘American Werewolf in London,’ it’s a blast.” 

— Nicolas Cage, Variety

This comedic horror isn’t Nicholas Hoult’s only upcoming Dracula adaptation. The Warm Bodies actor is set to appear in Robert Eggers’ Nosferatu, which is a reboot of the 1929 film. Nosferatu is believed to have been adapted from Stoker’s novel.

Bookish spin, anyone?

We love bookish spins, don’t you agree? As you might know, Renfield is originally portrayed in Stoker’s 1897 novel as a deranged, devoted servant and familiar who helps Dracula turn Mina Harker into a vampire. Renfield helps Dracula, and in return, Dracula gives him creatures. He feasts on these living creatures in hopes their blood will make him immortal. It isn’t until revealed in the book, that Renfield acts this way from being brainwashed by Dracula. He lives in an asylum while being treated by Dr. John Seward.

Dr. John Seward describes Renfield in the novel as follows: “Sanguine temperament, great physical strength, morbidly excitable, periods of gloom, ending in some fixed idea which I cannot make out. I presume that the sanguine temperament itself and the disturbing influence end in a mentally-accomplished finish, a possibly dangerous man, probably dangerous if unselfish.”

As we can see in the trailer, Renfield, in fact, does eat a spider resulting in some pretty extraordinary powers— courtesy of his boss, of course. This spin is intriguing as Dracula is not the main character in this story, but instead, Renfield is.

Make sure to check back later for more updates. We are already counting down the days until it premieres!

Renfield hits the screen April 7, 2023.

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