Harry Styles Wouldn’t Have Played a Vampire in Robert Eggers’ New Version of Nosferatu
Long-gestating horror film by Robert Eggers Nosferatus could have given Harry Styles a role the singer could sink his teeth into, but the director clarified that Styles did do not Sign up to play a vampire. The singer recently left the project due to “planning issues”. The film, which is to star Anya Taylor-Joy, was put on hold after the singer left.
In a new interview with IndieWire, Eggers revealed that Styles was set to play the role of Hutter who, in director FW Murnau’s original 1922 film Nosferatusis sent to visit a remote castle belonging to the vampire Count Orlok.
“He collapsed twice,” said the filmmaker of his Nosferatus. “I tried to spread the word because the word was that Harry Styles was going to be in the movie. I just want to make it clear that he was going to be Hutter and not Nosferatu himself.”
The director also spoke of his frustration at not being able to get production started.
“I tried so hard,” said the filmmaker. “And I’m just wondering if Murnau’s ghost is telling me, like, you should stop.”
Eggers had long wanted to make a new version of Nosferatus and told this writer about the project shortly after the release of his first film, 2015’s The witch.
“Murnau’s film is one of the greatest films ever made,” he said at the time. “It’s a bit clunky. It was low-budget indie at the time and the design for the time is very inconsistent. The sets are very expressionistic and faux. But even still, it comes across as something really amazing. It’s kind of self-centered to hear that I’m redoing something that, objectively, absolutely doesn’t need to be redone. But it can still happen!”
Nosferatus was previously remade in 1979 by Werner Herzog with a cast that included Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani and Bruno Ganz.
Watch the trailer below for Eggers’ new film The man from the north which hits theaters on April 22.
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