Robert Egger’s long-in-development Nosferatu remake has taken a huge leap forward with news that The Northman helmer’s passion project is looking to cast Bill Skarsgard in the titular role, with Lily-Rose Depp joining him as the female lead. As per Deadline, Skarsgard is already attached to the Focus Features movie, while Depp is in talks at this stage, and as previously reported, Eggers will be both directing and writing the picture.
This is not the first time Eggers has almost managed to make the movie, having been trying to get things started for a number of years and coming close in 2019 when Harry Styles and Anya Taylor-Joy were tapped for the lead roles when the film was Studio 8. However, the studio decided to put the movie on hold while it worked out budget and scheduling issues, and then Eggers became attached to The Northman and his passion project was shoved to one side.
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While The Northman failed to make a big impact at the box office when it premiered earlier this year, but with the movie received some solid reviews, Eggers did not wait very long before setting Nosferatu as his next project. With things coming together, the director was quick to get Skarsgard on board to avoid any scheduling conflicts, with the actor having already been linked to the project previously.
Nosferatu Has a Famously Notorious History
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Nosferatu was originally released in 1922 as a silent movie by German director F.W. Murnau, starring Max Shrek as the titular vampire. The movie itself has gone on to influence many modern vampire movies, including the appearance of Kurt Barlow in the 1979 version of Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot, but it was its own influence that caused the film many issues and almost saw it being completely wiped from history.
The story of Nosferatu is clearly the same as that of Bram Stoker’s iconic novel Dracula, and although names, such as the vampire being called Orlok rather than Dracula, and minor details were changed, Nosferatu was essentially an unauthorized adaptation of Stoker’s story. For this reason, Stoker’s estate sued the makers of the movie and gained a court ruling that all copies of the movie should be destroyed. However, despite this happening, a small handful of prints survived, and they are the reason the movie is still available to this day.
The film has already been remade once before, in Werner Herzog’s Nosferatu the Vampyre in 1979, which returned the vampire’s name to Dracula, and although Eggers has been working on his version since 2015, the writer/director himself at one point around 2019 questioned whether it was worth making the movie at all. He said at the time, “I don’t know. Maybe Nosferatu doesn’t need to be made again, even though I’ve spent so much time on it.”
It now seems that Eggers has made his mind up that the film is deserving of a remake, and it is stacking up to be a potentially interesting movie. If it can recapture the atmosphere of the original movie, and with Bill Skarsgard the perfect choice to bring Orlok to life, Nosferatu will be a horror movie to watch out for in the next couple of years.