Actor Nicolas Cage says that he plans to channel David Bowie’s Thin White Duke persona, as well as that of his late father for Dracula in Renfield.
Nicolas Cage says he plans to channel David Bowie and his late father in his portrayal of Dracula in Renfield. Directed by Chris McKay (The Tomorrow War), Renfield is a horror-comedy that focuses on Dracula’s henchman, Renfield, as played by Nicholas Hoult, who is a devoted follower and patient at an insane asylum. Cage is set to play Dracula in the film, with Awkwafina and Ben Schwartz rounding out the main cast. The film is written by The Walking Dead‘s Robert Kirkman Rick & Morty‘s Ryan Ridley.
Cage last played a vampiric character in Vampire’s Kiss (although was not an actual vampire), but this will be his first venture as the most famous of them. The actor is known for his deep commitment to his roles, going to extreme lengths to embody the roles he chooses, be it action, comedy, drama, or fantasy. Cage won an Oscar for his role in Leaving Las Vegas in 1995 and has starred in a number of notable performances throughout his career, embodying a wide variety of characters, from projects like Raising Arizona, Wild At Heart, Face/Off, Con Air, Kick-Ass, Joe, and most recently in 2021’s Pig, which has frequently been lauded as his best performance in decades.
In a new cover story with GQ, Cage says that he will be going to similar lengths to invest in his role as Dracula in Renfield, choosing some interesting sources for his inspiration, namely David Bowie and his late father, August Coppola. “I’m trying to become the Thin White Duke for Dracula,” the actor said in the interview, as he notes that his diet is very specific in order to get there. The Thin White Duke was a persona that Bowie used in the 70s, known for his slicked back hair, pale skin, thin frame, and creepy, almost supernatural overall appearance. As for who he’ll be channeling for the role of Dracula, Cage says that he’ll be recreating his dad. “August Coppola’s coming back,” the actor said, adding, “And he’s coming back as Dracula.“
Cage has previously said that his Dracula would be inspired by James Wan’s Malignant and Hideo Nakata’s Ringu, particularly the movements and the voice. The addition of Bowie’s Thin White Duke and his father with those earlier inspirations will surely make for yet another memorable Cage performance. Aside from Renfield, he will also be seen in the action-comedy The Retirement Plan, as well as his first pair of westerns, The Old Way and Butcher’s Crossing. The actor’s latest film, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, with Pedro Pascal, is set to debut on April 22.
While Cage struggled for many years with a long string of sporadic films, the actor appears to be back on the upswing, with his latest projects holding more water than some of the thinner material in the last decade (notwithstanding some gems like Mandy and Pig). Rather than see the actor just go wild for his part as Dracula, it’s interesting to see him choose such specific inspiration for the role, which will likely be something unique, if not amazing. Renfield is just one of many projects that the actor can sink his teeth into, which hopefully leads to yet another Cage renaissance.
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- RenfieldRelease date: Mar 22, 2022
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