It’s not just about the horror elements; where masculinity was a major element in both “The Lighthouse” and “The Northman”, it appears that “Nosferatu” will see Eggers return to the feminine themes of “The Witch”. The film stars Lily-Rose Depp as Ellen Hutter, the wife whose husband, real estate agent’s assistant (and not-so-thinly-disguised replacement for Jonathan Harker from “Dracula”) Thomas Hutter, meets the vampiric Count Orlock during a business trip. to his castle in Transylvania in Murnau’s original silent classic. In this version, however, it seems like Ellen will have a bigger role to play. “It’s even more of Ellen’s story than previous versions,” Eggers told Empire. “And Lily-Rose is absolutely phenomenal.” (Personally, I’d still like Anya Taylor-Joy to perform as originally planned, but I’m willing to give Miss Depp a fair shake.)
Meanwhile, Bill Skarsgård brings Count Orlock to life in the film, giving him another iconic movie monster spot to add to his belt after his turn as Pennywise in “It” and “It Chapter Two.” To hear Eggers tell it, the actor “honors those who came before him” in the role while leaning even more into the “vampire folk” aspect. “In my opinion, he looks like a dead Transylvanian nobleman, and in a way that we’ve never seen what a dead Transylvanian nobleman would look like and dress like,” Eggers added. After “The Last Voyage of Demeter” gave us an unconventional, inhumane version of the original Dracula (played by creature actor specialist Javier Botet), I’m even more intrigued to see Skarsgård work his own magic in a similar role.
“Nosferatu” will be released in theaters on a yet-to-be-announced date in 2024.