Nicolas Cage Dracula Photos Send Internet Into Meltdown

Christopher Lee, Frank Langella and Leslie Nielsen are all Hollywood stars known for portraying the infamous Count Dracula—and now Nicolas Cage has been added to the list.

Photos of the star in costume for his upcoming movie about the iconic vampire have sparked a huge reaction on social media.

The Face Off actor is starring in the upcoming horror-comedy Renfield alongside Nicholas Hoult in a remake of the Bram Stoker classic that follows the "toxic and co-dependent relationship" between Dracula and his henchman.

On-set photos have been obtained by People and they have subsequently gone viral on social media.

"Nicolas Cage as DRACULA on the set of RENFIELD looking all kinds of HELL YEAH," tweeted horror podcast Nightmare on Film Street.

While John Squires of Bloody Disgusting tweeted: "Props to People for scoring the first-look at Nicolas Cage's Dracula in the upcoming Universal Monsters movie Renfield. Loving what I'm seeing here. Reminds me a bit of Christopher Lee's Dracula!"

"10/10. No notes," added podcast host Scott Wampler.

"SCREAMING, as the kids say," added film critic Chris Evangelista.

Meanwhile, another fan tweeted: "I never knew I needed to see Nicolas Cage play Dracula in a horror-comedy. The film gods have outdone themselves this time."

Cage revealed last year that he plans to bring "something new" to the character of Dracula.

"I want it to pop in a unique way from how we've seen it played. So I'm thinking to really focus on the movement of the character," he told Variety's Awards Circuit podcast in December.

"You know, I saw Malignant and I thought what she did with those moves—and even Ringu with Sadako [Yamamura]. I want to look at what we can explore with this movement and voice," he said.

"What makes it super fun is that it's a comedy. And when you get that tone right—comedy and horror—like American Werewolf in London, it's a blast," he continued. "It's got to be a bullseye. But that's what I'm looking for, something new to bring to the character and also that perfect tone of comedy and horror."

The first look at Cage as Dracula comes after the actor revealed this week that he paid off his debts by starring in B-movies.

"I've got all these creditors and the IRS and I'm spending $20,000 a month trying to keep my mother out of a mental institution, and I can't," he said in an interview with GQ, adding: "It was just all happening at once."

Cage amassed dozens of credits that bypassed cinema releases in an effort to prevent having to file for bankruptcy, however, he stands by every performance.

"When I was doing four movies a year, back to back to back, I still had to find something in them to be able to give it my all," he said.

"Some of them were terrific, like Mandy, but some of them didn't work. But I never phoned it in. So if there was a misconception, it was that – that I was just doing it and not caring. I was caring."

Renfield will be released in theaters on April 14, 2023.

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Nicolas Cage attends the premiere of "The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent" during the 2022 SXSW Conference and Festivals at The Paramount Theatre on March 12, 2022, in Austin, Texas. Rich Fury/Getty Images