Seemingly a champion of independent filmmaking from the distant blue of the cinematic landscape, Robert Eggers has come from almost total obscurity to seize modern filmmaking by the throat.
Releasing The Witch in 2015 followed by The Lighthouse four years later, both of Eggers’ films capture a certain visceral terror and unique identity that makes him a favourite of obscure film fans across the world. His latest action-adventure film The Northman looks to take this gritty attitude to the world of Viking warfare. The project that will follow this story of olden day action is a remake of the classic F. W. Murnau horror film Nosferatu.
Starring Anya Taylor-Joy, who will be reuniting with Robert Eggers since her debut with the director on The Witch, her role in the Dracula-inspired story remains unspecified so far. She is the first cast member to be officially announced for the remake of the horror classic, after the project was announced in 2015, shortly after the premiere of The Witch at Sundance Film Festival.
Riding high off her success from Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit for which she was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series at this year’s Emmy Awards, the actress is looking to further elevate her prominence with future roles in Mark Mylod’s The Menu, as well as Furiosa, the prequel to Mad Max: Fury Road.
Speaking to the L.A. Times Taylor-Joy stated, “All my friends are always like, ‘What are you doing?!? Take … a … break…But the roles are too good. I wouldn’t be able to deal with it if I didn’t say yes. I wouldn’t cope. I’d rather just go for it and do my best”.
In itself a remake of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, horror fans can’t get too annoyed about Robert Egger’s latest Nosferatu project, particularly as Werner Herzog also produced a remake of the film, titled Nosferatu the Vampyre, in 1979.
If Eggers is able to recapture any of the magic in The Witch then we’re in for a treat.