First Look at Willem Dafoe in NOSFERATU and New Details Revealed

Willem Dafoe in NOSFERATU

Willem Dafoe recently spilled the beans on his take of Robert Eggers’ remake of Nosferatu, and the excitement is palpable! In a candid chat with IndieWire, Dafoe, known for his roles in eccentric films like The Lighthouse, couldn’t contain his enthusiasm, declaring that this Nosferatu rendition is truly unlike anything he’s ever witnessed before.

Dafoe, who has a penchant for diving into the unconventional, praised Eggers’ evolution as a director, stating, “[Eggers] gets better and better and better, gets more articulate, more on top of it.” Anticipation is high as Dafoe teased that the film’s visual appeal is nothing short of extraordinary, a sentiment echoed by his revelation that, “The look of it and how it was shot was extraordinary.”

Sharing tidbits about his character, Professor Albin Eberhart von Franz, Dafoe described him as a “Van Helsing type of character, but not exactly.” A concoction of traditional and invented elements promises an intriguing role for the seasoned actor.

Eggers, shedding light on von Franz, labeled him a “crazy vampire hunter,” a character close to his heart. The recently released image featuring Dafoe surrounded by flames adds another layer of anticipation. Eggers spilled the behind-the-scenes details, mentioning, “That sequence, aside from having real flames, had 2,000 real rats, which was challenging but also fun.”

The official logline paints a vivid picture: “Robert Eggers’ Nosferatu is a gothic tale of obsession between a haunted young woman (Lily-Rose Depp) and the terrifying vampire infatuated with her, causing untold horror in its wake.”

Joining Dafoe in this macabre venture are Nicholas Hoult, Emma Corrin, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Simon McBurney, and Ralph Ineson, promising a stellar ensemble cast. Director Eggers didn’t hold back in setting the tone, proclaiming, “It’s a scary film. It’s a horror movie. It’s a Gothic horror movie.”

With a theatrical release date set for December 25, 2024, fans and cinephiles alike are in for a chilling Christmas feast. Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski aptly summed it up, saying, “The audacious filmmaking of Robert Eggers is always a gift for fans, and we can promise that his Nosferatu is planning quite the Christmas feast.” Get ready for a cinematic experience that promises to redefine the horror genre!


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