Renfield: Plot, Cast, Release Date and More

If you are bored of rewatching the usual Dracula or vampire movies and series, then there is something brilliant in store for you. 2023 is the year for some brilliant movies, from Oppenheimer to Barbie, to 65, but everyone needs a good trashy laugh with some good action, and that’s where the upcoming movie Renfield comes into play.

It won’t take a lot of convincing to get you to add Renfield to your list, and maybe the cast or even just the plot will be more than enough to get you excited about this movie. Nevertheless, we are here to tell you everything we can about Renfield, and if you thought that movies and shows had presented Count Dracula in every way possible, then you are definitely mistaken.

Renfield will be directed by none other than Chris McKay, who is best known for his work in movies like The War Tomorrow, The Lego Batman Movie, and Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III. So, It will be an interesting change of pace for the director, and we can’t wait to see how his rendition of Count Dracula translates to screen, but the focus is bound to remain on Renfield, whom we will talk about in the plot section.

So, keep reading to find out everything you need to know about Renfield, from the plot to the cast to the release date and more:

What Is The Plot of Renfield?

Those of you who have read the original Dracula novel written by Bram Stoker in 1897 probably have a good idea about what you can expect from one character, however, the upcoming Movie is going to be a lot more unique, and before we dive into the plot details, let’s take a look at the official synopsis of Renfield:

“In this modern monster tale of Dracula’s loyal servant, Renfield, the tortured aide to history’s most narcissistic boss, Dracula. Renfield is forced to procure his master’s prey and do his every bidding, no matter how debased. But now, after centuries of servitude, Renfield is ready to see if there’s a life outside the shadow of The Prince of Darkness. If only he can figure out how to end his co-dependency.”

The Plot of Renfield

If the official synopsis and the title of the movie have taught us one thing, it is that Dracula won’t be the main focus of the movie, but instead, it will be his servant, Renfield. It is clearly going through a lot of pressure when it comes to working for Dracula because working in a toxic environment with a narcissistic boss cannot be easy, and Renfield is struggling a whole lot.

When you work with a boss like that, it is almost always that the boss is completely dependent on the servant, aka Renfield, but Renfield is ready to break free, he just needs to figure out how. Turns out, Renfield can’t leave Dracula with a two-week notice as most people can. In the upcoming movie, we will try and figure out how and even if The Movie manages to quit and let the Prince of Darkness be on his own, or if he will get destroyed in the process.

Those of you who have read the original book probably know that Renfield is simply a minor character who eats insects to be more powerful, but in this movie, he is going to be the main character and we are definitely looking forward to it. How many more innocent people will die until Renfield finally stands up to his boss and decides to quit?

Movie is also being inspired by Taika Waititi’s What We Do in the Shadows, which is a mockumentary based on vampire life. So it will definitely have a lot of comedy and action, but let’s move on to the cast section of Renfield because that might just be more exciting than the plot.

The Cast of Renfield

While there are some brilliant actors and actresses who will appear in the movie, we must talk about the main character first, whom the title is named after, Renfield himself. The role of Renfield will be played by none other than Nicholas Hoult.

You might recognize Hoult from some of his most famous work in movies like Mad Max: Fury Road, Jack the Giant Slayer, X-Men: First Class, and Those Who Wish Me Dead amongst others. While Hoult will be the center of attention with his role as Renfield and will have the most screen time, we just know that Count Dracula is going to steal the show, and we will tell you why.

Dracula is being played by very famous and loved for his unique role, Nicholas Cage. If there is anyone who could pick up the strangest character in the world, it is Cage himself. Some of his most popular works include The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, National Treasure, Face/Off, and Lord of War amongst many others. We can’t wait to see Cage as Dracula, and we are certain that he is also just as thrilled about this role.

The Cast of Renfield

Other actors and actresses who will be joining the cast of Renfield are Awkwafina, Ben Schwartz, Brandon Scott Jones, Bess Rous, Sarah Durn, and several others. It will be a joyride to see whether these characters work for Dracula or are helping Renfield catch a permanent break from him.

When and Where Can You Watch Renfield?

We understand that by now you are definitely looking forward to the release of Renfield because so are we. Renfield is slated to release on the 14th of April, so while the movie is still a few months away, it will definitely be worth the wait.

As it should, Renfield is getting the big screen treatment and will be available to watch in theatres near you.

Is There a Trailer for Renfield?

Universal Pictures did release the official trailer for Renfield, and while this movie does ideally fall under the horror and fantasy genre, we can’t help but laugh at some of the best moments of Renfield.

There is so much to look forward to in this movie and we can tell that just by looking at the trailer, so we would highly recommend watching it. While we don’t catch too much of Dracula, we get a good look at Renfield, so far, he is our personal favorite! There is some comedy, action, confrontation, blood, killing, and maybe even some romance. But we will know the full story in April!


There is something for everyone when it comes to Renfield and we can’t wait to watch it in the theatres. Do let us know in the comments what you think about Renfield so far!

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