It’s Pennywise actor Bill Skarsgård is cast in the lead role of Robert Eggers’ remake of Nosferatu, FW Murnau’s 1922 silent vampire horror film.
ItPennywise actor Bill Skarsgård and Lily-Rose Depp join the cast of Robert Eggers’ remake of FW Murnau’s iconic silent horror film, nosferatu. The influential 1922 German horror film is an unauthorized and unofficial adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula novel and one of the earliest films about vampires. Eggers announced his . at nosferatu remake in 2016, but the film has been through a long development hell.
Released in March 1922, Nosferatu: A symphony of horror is one of Murnau’s most famous and influential films. The German-produced story is based in part on Stoker’s seminal vampire novel, in which a young couple becomes the target of the bloodthirsty Count Orlok (Max Shreck) when he moves to the German town of Wisborg. A controversial film at the time because the Stoker estate won a lawsuit over the film adapting the novelist’s work without permission, nosferatu has nevertheless remained an influential piece of early 20th-century film that inspired the horror genre and is referenced in pop culture. And despite Egger’s… nosferatu remake was delayed in March, the Norman The director’s next film has received a promising update.
As reported by DeadlineEggers’ nosferatu remake is now produced by Focus Features and has found its two protagonists in Skarsgård and Lily-Rose Depp. Known for his role as monstrous clown entity Pennywise in Andy Muschietti’s adaptations of Stephen King’s horror novel It, Skarsgård will portray the Transylvanian vampire count stalking Depp’s character through 19th-century Germany in Eggers’ reinterpretation of Murnau’s silent film. Harry Styles and Anya Taylor-Joy were previously linked to star in the Eggers remake, but were unable to participate in the production due to scheduling conflicts.
Why Bill Skarsgård is perfect for Nosferatu
Skarsgård was praised for his eerie performance as Pennywise in Muschietti’s two-part adaptation of King’s 1986 novel, in which he embodied the entity’s twisted joy as he used his victim’s fears to torture them. Since the actor has already terrified audiences with his portrayal of an icon of horror, it’s understandable why he’s been cast as the vampire count in Eggers’ remake. Schreck’s original performance is one of the most enduring aspects of the film, with his physical appearance and presence as Count Orlok as he stalks his prey, terrifying viewers and laying the groundwork for how vampires are portrayed to this day. As such, Skarsgård has already proven that he is more than capable of creating a haunting, impactful physical performance that will linger in the minds of audiences long after the credits.
Despite Eggers joking about his nosferatu that the remake’s delays are due to supernatural interventions from beyond the grave by Murnau, Skarsgård and Depp’s casting is a promising development for the director’s highly anticipated remake. Despite many of the film’s prints being destroyed after the Stoker lawsuit and otherwise lost to time, Murnau’s 1922 silent film has an unshakable place in pop culture and has inspired many creatives ever since, including Eggers himself. With the nosferatu remake has finally found its lead roles and devoted horror buffs will surely anticipate their first glimpse of Skarsgård as Count Orlok.