Willem Dafoe Performed a Scene in Nosferatu With 2,000 Real Rats


We have a new still from Robert Eggers highly-anticipated Nosferatu remake. First look at Willem Dafoe‘s character, Professor Albin Eberhart Von Franz, who is described as a “crazy vampire hunter.”

In the new look, Dafoe appears to be alone. However, writer-director Eggers discloses that in the scene, which features a tomb encircled by flames, the actor collaborated with numerous co-stars.

“That sequence, aside from having real flames, had 2,000 real rats which was challenging but also fun,” says the filmmaker.

Nosferatu is a reinterpretation of F.W. Murnau’s 1922 horror classic, which, in turn, was an unofficial adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula. Werner Herzog previously remade Murnau’s film in 1979 as Nosferatu the Vampyre. While the character from Murnau’s original film, on which Eggers based Dafoe’s professor, was on the outskirts of the narrative, the director intensified Von Franz’s portrayal.

Eggers has also teased Bill Skarsgård’s character as the sinister count. “Aside from his eyes, it’s hard to find Bill,” the director says. “I’m trying to not give too much away, but Bill totally transforms into something that is very unique.”

“People are going to think it’s all digital tampering, but he put in the work,” says the filmmaker about Skarsgård changing his voice for the role. “I’m super excited to see what audiences make of Bill Skarsgård’s Count Orlok.”

Nosferatu will release next year.



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