The upcoming Nosferatu movie from Robert Eggers has found its vampire.
According to Deadline, Bill Skarsgard has joined the upcoming gothic horror while opposite Lily-Rose Depp who is still in talks to star.
The Nosferatu remake is set in the 19th Century and will tell the story of a haunted young woman who becomes the object of obsession for an ancient Transylvanian vampire.
A Nosferatu remake has been in the works since 2015 and is something of a passion project for director, Robert Eggers. The project almost came to fruition in 2019 with Harry Styes and Anya Taylor-Joy… but was ultimately shelved.
Eggers then went on to make his recent hit film, The Northman, which debuted earlier this year.
“After The Northman, Eggers started looking at other projects but always had his eye on coming back to the gothic tale,” said Deadline. Once the movie passed from Studio 8 to Focus Features, the filmmaker locked it in as his next project.
It’s reported that Skarsgard has been in the running for the role of the vampire since the project’s earlier iteration with Styles and Taylor-Joy… but now it looks as though he could be joined by Lily-Rose Depp instead.
Considering his terrifying look as Pennywise in Stephen King’s It and It: Chapter Two, I get the feeling Eggers is onto a winner when it comes to Nosferatu.
The original Count Orlok, the vampire in Nosferatu, was played by Max Schrek, and was renowned for its horrific visage. Similarly, Skarsgard’s role in It has become renowned for its unsettling look, and it seems Skarsgard has managed to carve himself out quite a niche.
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