Robert Eggers on Bill Skargard’s Nosferatu Transformation, “He’s Not There”

Robert Eggers on Bill Skargard’s Nosferatu Transformation, “He’s Not There”

After The Lighthouse and The Northman, director Robert Eggers is set to come back to the horror genre with a modern remake of Nosferatu. We don’t have a look at Bill Skarsgard’s Count Orlok in costume yet, but Eggers does tease his transformation.

Talking to Empire, Eggers explains, “I’ll say that Bill has so transformed, I’m fearful that he might not get the credit that he deserves because he’s just… he’s not there.” Though we’ve had many incarnations of Dracula over the decades with his slicked back hair and cape, Nosferatu manages to set himself apart with his more monstrous features with the huge hunched back, point ears, claws, bald head, and fangs.

Eggers continues to tease the look:

“I think the main thing is that he’s even more a folk vampire. In my opinion he looks like a dead Transylvanian nobleman, and in a way that we’ve never actually seen what an actual dead Transylvanian nobleman would look like and be dressed like.”

Though we don’t have a look at Skarsgard in costume yet, Empire has shared a first look at his co-star Lily-Rose Depp, who will be playing the part of Ellen Hunter, one of the main characters that Orlok will be terrorizing. Here’s a photo:

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Lily-Rose Depp in Robert Eggers’ Nosferatu (2024) via Empire

Nosferatu may be the titular character of the film, but Eggers did also say that this movie is “eben more Ellen’s story than previous versions,” adding that Depp is also ‘absolutely phenomenal’ in the film.

Now I can’t wait to see it.

Egger’s Nosferatu has no specific release date yet, but we should expect it to come out sometime in 2024.

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