Nicholas Hoult plays the titular Renfield in Chris McKay’s action-comedy and the first trailer gets delightfully toothy with Nicolas Cage’s Dracula.
Last seen in the very entertaining The Menu as a pretentious foodie, Nicholas Hoult is now the unhappy aide to the Dark Prince himself, Dracula.
Renfield is sick of fetching human victims for his boss’ dinner and seeks to leave him, stating he needs to “get out of a toxic relationship” when he attends a support meeting of sorts in the trailer.
Have a look at the first trailer for Renfield below.
The trailer also gives us a proper look at Nicolas Cage as Dracula. The legendary actor has proven himself more than capable of laughing at himself, as seen in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent and it looks like Cage is once again on campy grounds with his unhinged take on the most famous vampire in popular culture.
Awkwafina also stars as a cop who catches Renfield’s eye.
The official synopsis reveals a little more of the film’s plot: “In this modern monster tale of Dracula’s loyal servant, Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road, X-Men franchise) stars as Renfield, the tortured aide to history’s most narcissistic boss, Dracula (Oscar® winner Nicolas Cage). Renfield is forced to procure his master’s prey and do his every bidding, no matter how debased. But now, after centuries of servitude, Renfield is ready to see if there’s a life outside the shadow of The Prince of Darkness. If only he can figure out how to end his codependency.”
Hoult has crafted an interesting career in Hollywood since his rise to fame in Skins. He’s worked with directors such as Tom Ford, George Miller and Justin Kurzel and his characters are as weird as they are varied. Renfield gives him a chance to return to more action-focused roles with a healthy sprinkling of comedy.
Directed by Chris McKay of The Tomorrow War fame, from a script by Ryan Ridley from an idea by Robert Kirkman, Renfield looks like a blast. The film will grace our cinema screen 14 April, but until then, perhaps we can interest you in our best streaming picks?