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Nicholas Hoult to play Dracula's henchman in new horror movie

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Photo credit: Stefania D'Alessandro - Getty Images
Photo credit: Stefania D'Alessandro - Getty Images

X-Men's Nicholas Hoult has just been cast as the lead of a new horror movie focused around Dracula's henchman.

The actor, who rose to fame with his role in the E4 show Skins before taking on the role of Henry "Hank" McCoy aka Beast in the most recent X-Men iteration, will star in the upcoming horror adaptation titled Renfield.

In the original 1897 Dracula novel by Bram Stoker, RM Renfield was a patient at an asylum who was thought to be suffering from delusions but was actually a servant of Dracula.

Photo credit: Stefania D'Alessandro - Getty Images
Photo credit: Stefania D'Alessandro - Getty Images

Related: Deadpool's Ryan Reynolds explains real reason for 'feud' with X-Men's Hugh Jackman

While it was confirmed that Hoult will be playing the titular character, Deadline, who first announced the casting, reported that the film is to take place during the present day rather than being a period piece.

Among other crew announcements, The Tomorrow War director Chris McKay is on board to helm the movie, which is based on an original story outline from Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead, Invincible) with Ryan Ridley (Community, Rick and Morty) behind the script.

Universal Pictures is currently in the process of developing a few high-profile monster pics. Ryan Gosling will star in Wolfman, while a Van Helsing flick sees The Conjuring's James Wan producing.

Photo credit: Jon Kopaloff - Getty Images
Photo credit: Jon Kopaloff - Getty Images

Related: Black Widow star claims to be first X-Men mutant in the MCU

In a similar vein, Hoult also recently signed up for another comedy-thriller alongside The Queen's Gambit's Anya Taylor-Joy, No Time to Die actor Ralph Fiennes and Watchmen star Hong Chau.

The Menu focuses on a young couple who travel to a remote island to eat at an exclusive restaurant, where the chef has prepared a lavish menu – but there are some shocking surprises in store. Sounds interesting!

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