If there were ever a perfect casting choice for a role, this is pretty much it.
Veteran character actor Doug Jones, likely best known for his stint as Abe Sapien in the Hellboy films, has signed on to star in a new adaptation of the horror classic Nosferatu. Jones will be playing, you guessed it, the title role (Jones actually talked a bit about it in our recent interview with him).
Director David Lee Fisher (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) is taking a unique approach to this semi-remake, which Variety describes as a “remix” of the original film that will feature live-action and colorized digital backgrounds re-created from the original film. It’s certainly a unique approach, but when trying to honor something as iconic as Nosferatu, getting creative could be just the trick to pulling it off.
The original 1922 film, an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, was directed by F.W. Murnau. The silent film is lauded as the first true vampire movie ever made. It’s also still insanely creepy. The story follows a young woman on a journey to save her true love’s soul, as well as the world, from darkness.
In addition to his turn in Hellboy, Jones has also played several other creatures, including the Pale Man in Pan’s Labyrinth, Cochise in Falling Skies and (most importantly in this case) one of the super-creepy Gentlemen in the classic Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode “Hush.” Yeah, he can definitely pull off Nosferatu.
Along with Jones, the film will also star Sarah Carter (Falling Skies), Emrhys Cooper (Mamma Mia), Joely Fisher (Ellen) and Jake Turner.