The first look at Robert Eggers’ Nosferatu has been revealed with the director also teasing an It star’s transformation into the titular vampire.
- A first-look image from the Nosferatu remake reveals Lily-Rose Depp as Ellen Hutter looking petrified at the sight of Nosferatu’s iconic claw.
- Director Robert Eggers teases a more focused story on Ellen, the wife of estate agent Thomas Hutter played by Nicholas Hoult.
- Audiences can expect a folk vampire portrayal of Count Orlok by Skarsgård, echoing past versions while adding his own unique touch. Eggers also praises Depp’s “absolutely phenomenal” performance.
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A first-look image from Robert Eggers’ Nosferatu remake has been revealed with the director also teasing It star Bill Skarsgård’s transformation into the titular vampire. Known for his acclaimed films The Witch, The Lighthouse, and The Northman which combine elements of horror and history, Eggers’ fourth feature is a remake of the 1922 vampire classic. The star-studded Nosferatu remake cast includes Skarsgård as Count Orlok alongside Nicholas Hoult, Lily-Rose Depp, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Emma Corrin, Willem Dafoe, Simon McBurney, and Ralph Ineson.
Today, a first-look image from Eggers’ Nosferatu remake was revealed via Empire. Check it out below:
The image sees The Idol‘s Lily-Rose Depp as Ellen Hutter looking petrified at the sight of Nosferatu’s iconic claw reaching out and terrifyingly throwing a shadow across her body. In conjunction with the first look, Eggers opened up about his “old-school Gothic movie” and teased Skarsgård’s transformation into the titular vampire. Read his full comments below:
Yeah, it’s a scary film. It’s a horror movie. It’s a Gothic horror movie. And I do think that there hasn’t been an old-school Gothic movie that’s actually scary in a while. And I think that the majority of audiences will find this one to be the case. It’s even more Ellen’s story than previous versions. And Lily-Rose is absolutely phenomenal.
I’ll say that Bill has so transformed, I’m fearful that he might not get the credit that he deserves because he’s just… he’s not there… He felt like honouring who had come before him. It’s all very subtle. But I think the main thing is that he’s even more a folk vampire. In my opinion he looks like a dead Transylvanian nobleman, and in a way that we’ve never actually seen what an actual dead Transylvanian nobleman would look like and be dressed like.
What To Expect From Robert Eggers’ Nosferatu Remake
Based on the first look image and Eggers’ comments, audiences can expect his Nosferatu to be much more focused on the character of Ellen, the wife of estate agent Thomas Hutter (played by Nicholas Hoult), as compared to the original film and Werner Herzog’s remake from 1979. Lily-Rose Depp, the daughter of Johnny Depp, is fresh off her biggest role yet in HBO’s The Idol, a show that was widely disliked, though her performance was singled out as a bright spot. Eggers didn’t hold back in his praise of Depp in Nosferatu, calling her performance “absolutely phenomenal.”
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Audiences should also expect another unsettling and transformative performance from Skarsgård after portraying Pennywise in It and It Chapter Two. The actor should make the iconic Count Orlok his own while also echoing past incarnations played by Max Schreck and Klaus Kinski. With The Witch, The Lighthouse, and The Northman, Eggers has also become known for incorporating folkloric elements into his horror films, so it makes sense he describes his take on Nosferatu as “a folk vampire.” While the first look at Eggers’ Nosferatu is promising, it should be even more exciting to see Skarsgård’s transformation into the titular vampire.
Nosferatu (1922) was originally an unauthorized and unofficial adaptation of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula.
- Nosferatu (1922) Summary: Nosferatu is a silent German Expressionist horror movie directed by F.W. Murnau, loosely based on Bram Stoker’s novel “Dracula”. The 1922 film tells the story of vampire Count Orlok, who moves from Transylvania to Germany, spreading death and plague.