Remember that remake of Nosferatu that was on the way from the director of The Witch, Robert Eggers? Well, it’s still happening, only things have changed somewhat. Firstly, it has a new director in the form of David Lee Fisher. Secondly, according to the report on Variety, Nosferatu – which recently started filming – has someone down to play the lead role, and it’s a brilliant choice: Doug Jones.
Famous predominantly for his roles as Abe Sapien in Hellboy and the Faun/Pale Man in Pan’s Labyrinth (as well as, more recently, Cochise in Falling Skies), Jones represents a safe choice for Fisher, for who he also starred in the 2005 remake of another gothic noir classic, The Cabinet Of Dr Cagliari. Considering that the effectiveness of the original film was thanks largely to the creeping, dominating performance of Max Schreck, it requires a similarly unforgettable screen presence to pull this off again, and it’s hard to think of anyone as effective in this regard as Jones.
He joins a cast that already includes former Falling Skies co-star Sarah Carter, Emrhys Cooper (Mamma Mia), Joely Fisher (The Mask) and Jack Turner (Reunion), with Paula Elins, Derek Zemrak and Leonard Pirkle producing on behalf of BeamScreen Productions.
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