Nicolas Cage cast as DRACULA in movie starring Nicholas Hoult as vampire’s bug-eating protege Renfield

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Nicolas Cage has been cast as Count Dracula in the upcoming film Rainfield, about the vampire’s famous bug-eating protege.

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The Great star Nicholas Hoult plays the title character, a psychotic patient who is consumed by a vampire’s desire to make animals draw electricity from their blood.

And now a new report time limit has revealed that the 57-year-old Nichols, who won an Oscar for the film Leaving Las Vegas, will play Dracula himself.

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New assignment: Nicolas Cage has been cast as Dracula in the upcoming film Renfield about the vampire’s famous bug-eating protege

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RM Renfield is a character in the original 19th-century Gothic novel Dracula by Irish author Bram Stoker.

He is introduced to a mental hospital to be treated for ‘zoophagus mania’, which causes him to eat insects and then progressively larger animals.

As the novel progresses, it is revealed that he is actually a growing vampire whose status can be traced back to people other than Dracula.

In the book his doctor describes Renfield as having a ‘sanguine disposition’ and ‘great physical strength’, but also of being ‘morbidly agitated’ and ‘experiencing periods of melancholy, ending in a certain thought. I have experienced what I cannot understand.

Heartthrob: The Great star Nicholas Hoult (pictured this month) plays the title character, a mental patient who is consumed by a vampire's desire to make animals draw electricity from their blood

Heartthrob: The Great star Nicholas Hoult (pictured this month) plays the title character, a mental patient who is consumed by a vampire’s desire to make animals draw electricity from their blood

For part of the novel Renfield is willing to go along with Dracula’s ploy to obtain eternal life through his bloodthirsty fulfillment.

However his superior nature eventually prevails and he throws his lot with Van Helsing’s vampire hunter to fight Dracula – with tragic consequences for himself.

The new picture of Renfield is directed by Chris McKay, who has previously directed films such as The Lego Batman Movie and The Tomorrow War.

Throwback: Veterans who have counted onscreen include Bela Lugosi, who is portrayed alongside Frances Dead in the 1931 film Dracula.

Throwback: Veterans who have counted onscreen include Bela Lugosi, who is portrayed alongside Frances Dead in the 1931 film Dracula.

Onetime Rick and Morty writer Ryan Ridley is writing the screenplay from the story outline by Robert Kirkman, who co-produced the Walking Dead comic books.

Actors who previously played Rainfield from Dwight Fry in the 1930s to Tom Waits in the 1990s to Mark Gatiss last year.

Meanwhile, veterans who have played Dracula on screen include Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee, Frank Langella and Thomas Kreischmann.

Iconic: The first screen star to take on the new role of Nicolas Cage was German actor Max Schreck, whose character had an unauthorized takeoff on Dracula in the 1922 film Nosferatu.

Iconic: The first screen star to take on the new role of Nicolas Cage was German actor Max Schreck, whose character had an unauthorized takeoff on Dracula in the 1922 film Nosferatu.

The first screen star to take on the new role of Nicolas Cage was German actor Max Schreck, whose character had an unauthorized takeoff on Dracula in the 1922 film Nosferatu.

Nosferatu sparked a scandal when Bram Stoker’s widow Florence successfully sued for copyright infringement and burned nearly all prints of the film.

However, a surviving print was circulated and copied until the film went down in history as one of the classics of the Silent Era’s reign.

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