Universal’s Renfield Adds Ben Schwartz

Ben Schwartz

by James White |
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If you were under the impression that Universal's latest horror adaptation, Renfield won't also lean heavily towards comedy given the casting of Nicholas Hoult, Nic Cage and Awkwafina, then the addition of Ben Schwartz should put that all to rest.

With Chris McKay in the director's chair, the new movie will be a modern-day tale. In Bram Stoker's book, Renfield (Hoult) was an inmate at a lunatic asylum who was thought to be suffering from delusions but actually is a servant of Dracula (Cage). The Walking Dead's Robert Kirkman came up with the concept and Ryan Ridley wrote the script.

We don't yet know how Schwartz or Awkwafina's characters will fit into that story, but we know they both bring the laughs when needed. It's just the latest move by Universal away from its original plans for an MCU (Monster Cinematic Universe) and towards individual stories that give filmmakers some flexibility.

Schwartz will next be seen in Apple TV+'s The Afterparty and heard once again as the voice of the speedy title character in Sonic The Hedgehog 2.

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