After trying to get his adaptation off the ground for about seven years, the Robert Eggers film remake of the classic vampire tale, Nosferatu, has finally finished filming in Prague earlier this year. The making of the film hasn't been breezy, with setbacks, cast changes and delays – from Harry Styles leaving the project, to the role switch from Anya Taylor-Joy to Lily Rose-Depp as Ellen (Taylor-Joy tapping out because of scheduling conflicts shooting Furiosa, the Mad Max: Fury Road sequel in Sydney).
Eggers, the director behind The Lighthouse, The Witch and The Northman, says the film will loosely be based on Bram Stoker's novel Dracula, the 1922 silent German expressionist movie Nosferatu still scares audiences to this day.
What is the Nosferatu film about?
The story tells of a mysterious count Orlok who summons real estate agent Thomas Hutter to his Transylvanian castle to help him acquire more property. When he meets Hutter's wife Ellen, he comes obsessive and wants to suck Ellen's blood and claim her as his own – men, am I right?
Deadline reports that the movie will seemingly follow a similar, perhaps darker and more psychological plot: “In the new reimagining, Nosferatu is a gothic tale of obsession between a haunted young woman (Lily-Rose Depp) in 19th-century Germany, and the ancient Transylvanian vampire (Bill Skarsgård) who stalks her, bringing untold horror with him.”
Who is joining the cast of the Nosferatu remake?
The cast is shaping up to be nothing short of sensational. Lily Rose-Depp (fresh from The Idol), Bill Skarsgård and Nicholas Hoult are already on board, while Emma Corrin has been added to the lineup as a new character called Anna Harding.
Willem Dafoe will reunite with Eggers after working together on both The Lighthouse and The Northman together – Dafoe set to portray Professor Albin Eberhart Von Franz.
Other notable cast members include Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who will be joining the cast as Friedrich Harding, and Game of Thrones’ Ralph Ineson who will play Dr. Wilhelm Sievers.
Where was Nosferatu shot?
Filming for Nosferatu took place in Prague over the course three months, wrapping up in mid-May this year. Filming locations included Rožmitál pod Třemšínem castle, a Baroque 18th Century military hospital and the Invalidovna complex.
What is the release date for the Nosferatu film?
While filming wrapped up in May, there’s no word yet on an exact date yet for release. However, reports suggest that it’s likely to be released in 2024.