Ben Schwartz joins Nicolas Cage, Nicholas Hoult – The Hollywood Reporter
Ben Schwartz has joined the cast of Universal’s monster movie Renfield.
Nicholas Hoult leads the call sheet, which also includes Nicolas Cage and Awkwafina.
Chris McKay, Director of Amazon The war of tomorrow and The Lego Batman movie, is directing the feature film project, which is due to begin filming early next year in New Orleans.
Hoult stars as Count Dracula’s infamous sidekick and henchman, who will be played by Cage.
Renfield first appeared in Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula as a patient in an asylum obsessed with consuming blood, he was mistaken in thinking that he will receive the “gift” of immortality from his vampire master.
Renfield take a look at this toxic, co-dependent relationship, bringing it into a modern setting in an adventure story that’s said to have a comedic tone.
Schwartz will play a gangster.
Ryan Ridley, known for Fox’s Phantom and swimming for adults Rick and morty, wrote the script based on an original screenplay by The walking dead creator Robert Kirkman.
McKay and Kirkman produce with David Alpert, Bryan Furst and Sean Furst. McKay’s production partner Samantha Nisenboim is the executive producer.
Schwartz is best known for his comedic and vocal work, including his voice in Sonic the hedgehog and its sequel, slated for release next year, as well as shows such as Marvel’s MODOK He will next be seen in the AppleTV + miniseries by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The after party as well as the second season of the Netflix series by Greg Daniels and Steve Carell Space force.
He is replaced by WME, Haven Entertainment and lawyer Tara Kole.