Nicholas Hoult will Star in Universal’s RENFIELD

As Universal Studios continues to whet their appetite for a reimagining of its golden era monster movies. According to Collider, the studio has found its star with Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road) in Chris McKay’s Renfield. Though The Mummy with Tom Cruise was both a critical and commercial failure, Leigh Whannell’s The Invisible Man was a critical and commercial success. Proving that there is still an audience for the legendary monster movies of the golden era of Hollywood.

Renfield will be directed by Chris McKay (The Lego Batman Movie, The Tomorrow War) and written by Ryan Ridley (Rick and Morty).

Renfield is a monster movie centered around Dracula’s henchman, R.M. Renfield, who in Bram Stoker’s original 1897 novel was an inmate at a lunatic asylum who was thought to be suffering from delusions but was actually a servant of the iconic vampire. The character was previously played by Tom Waits in Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula movie back in 1992. McKay’s film is expected to take place in the present-day, much like Leigh Whannell‘s Invisible Man movie starring Elisabeth Moss.

Originally Universal Studios had envisioned a “Dark Universe” series of reboots with the studio’s library of classic monsters. But after the commercial failure of The Mummy. The studio reassessed its strategy. Though Universal is committed to developing filmmaker driven projects based on the creatures of yesteryear. Leigh Whannell is currently developing a Wolfman reimagining starring Ryan Gosling.

Nicholas Hoult in The Great (2020)

Nicholas Hoult is likely best known for Warm Bodies [Featured Image], Mad Max: Fury Road and X-men: Dark Phoenix, but the young actor has recently turned in some strong performances in Tolkien and the True History of the Kelly Gang.

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