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Robert Eggers' Nosferatu - What We Know So Far

A new take on "Nosferatu" is currently in the works — with Robert Eggers set to write and direct (via Deadline).

The original "Nosferatu," a silent German horror film, came out in 1922 and has since become a notable example of the genre. After all, it is based on one of the most famous horror novels of all time: Bram Stoker's "Dracula," which was published in 1897. Considering the prominence of the film and its source material, it's no surprise that it has (already) been remade — in 1979, "Nosferatu the Vampyre," which was written and directed by Werner Herzog, was released.

Now, a few decades later, a new adaptation is officially on its way from Eggers and Focus Features. Alongside writing and directing, Eggers will also be producing alongside Jeff Robinov, John Graham, Chris Columbus, and Eleanor Columbus. "Nosferatu" will be the follow-up to Eggers' 2022 epic historical film "The Northman." Additionally, his first feature film was 2015's "The Witch," starring Anya Taylor-Joy, which was followed up by 2019's "The Lighthouse," starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe.

Here's what we know about the upcoming adaptation of "Nosferatu" — including the release date, cast, and plot.

When will it be released?

Seeing as the film was just officially announced, it's currently unclear when "Nosferatu" will be released. However, Eggers has been working on it for quite a few years now — it was first announced that Eggers would be adapting "Nosferatu" in 2015 (which, back then, was going to be for Studio 8 instead of Focus Features), shortly after the release of "The Witch" (via Deadline).

Then, in 2019, after a few years of no follow-up developments on the film, Eggers addressed the status of "Nosferatu" in an interview with Den of Geek. Eggers said, "Look, I spent so many years and so much time, just so much blood on it, yeah, it would be a real shame if it never happened. But also, I don't know, maybe Nosferatu doesn't need to be made again, even though I've spent so much time on that."

Luckily, it looks like the years of work that the writer-director has put into the project will ultimately pay off now that it's officially going forward with Focus Features — and even has two of its leads already cast.

Who is in the cast?

As reported by Deadline, Bill Skarsgård and Lily-Rose Depp are slated to star in "Nosferatu," taking over from Anya Taylor-Joy and Harry Styles, who were previously attached in earlier iterations of Eggers' adaptation.

Skarsgård, whose credits include "Hemlock Grove" and "Castle Rock," rose to prominence for his portrayal of Pennywise in the 2017 adaptation of Stephen King's "It," as well as its 2019 sequel, "It Chapter Two" (via IMDb). Following "It Chapter Two," Skarsgård played Kro in Marvel's "Eternals," as well as real-life Swedish criminal Clark Olofsson for the Netflix miniseries "Clark." Most recently, Skarsgård starred in the 2022 horror film "Barbarian," written and directed by Zach Cregger. He has several upcoming projects in the works, including "John Wick: Chapter 4" and "The Crow."

Meanwhile, Depp's acting credits include the 2018 French film "A Faithful Man" and 2019's "The King," the latter in which she acted opposite Timothée Chalamet (via IMDb). Depp then starred in four films in 2021: the crime thriller "Crisis," the sci-fi film "Voyagers," the apocalyptic black comedy "Silent Night," and the psychological drama "Wolf." Depp will next appear in the upcoming HBO series, "The Idol," created by Sam Levinson ("Euphoria"), Reza Fahim, and The Weeknd.

What is the plot of Nosferatu?

According to Deadline, "'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." It is described as a reimagining of the story.

The original film, which was directed by F. W. Murnau and written by Henrik Galeen, follows vampire Count Orlok (Max Schreck) as he preys upon Ellen Hutter (Greta Schröder), the wife of estate agent Thomas Hutter (Gustav von Wangenheim). The character names were changed from "Dracula" due to a refusal from Bram Stoker's estate to allow the film to be made (via The Hollywood Reporter). The 1979 remake uses the original names from "Dracula" but uses the 1922 film as its basis for the plot.

As of now, it is unclear if the characters of Eggers' adaptation will use the original names from the novel or the revised ones from the original film.