The undead are gathering.
The reboot of the 1922 silent horror classic Nosferatu is shooting now in Prague, and one of the recently announced cast members –the Oscar-nominated Willem Dafoe–sounds like he’s having the time of his life remaking this genre staple.
Dafoe is part of the stellar cast that includes Bill Skarsgard in the title role, Lily-Rose Depp. Nicholas Hoult, Emma Corrin, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Simon McBurney and Ralph Ineson.
The Focus Features film is written and directed by Robert Eggers, who also produces alongside John Graham, Jeff Robinov, Chris Columbus and Eleanor Columbus.
The reboot is described as “a gothic tale of obsession between a haunted young woman (Depp) in 19th-Century Germany and the ancient Transylvanian vampire (Skarsgard) who is stalking her–bringing untold horror with him.”
Dafoe–who plays the new character Professor Albin Eberhart Von Franz in the film–recently told Collider he “just loves working with Robert Eggers. I did The Lighthouse with him–which was a fantastic experience. Then I had a small part in The Northman, and now I get to do this.”
Dafoe added that the movie is “his version of Nosferatu. We’re shooting now. I’m just excited to be with him again. He’s a great filmmaker, and I enjoy his company.”
The original Nosferatu–an unofficial adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula–was directed by F.W. Murnau from a screenplay by Henrik Galeen. In the film, Court Orlok (Max Schreck) is a vampire “who preys on the wife of his real estate agent and brings a plague to their town.”
Keep reading Horror News Network for further updates on this Nosferatu remake.