10 Insane Upcoming Movie Castings You Won't Believe

Nicolas Cage is playing who?

Margot Robbie Barbie
Warner Bros./Mattel

It's no easy thing to cast an actor in a role. Getting it wrong can be the difference between critical and financial success, and cinema drivel. But it's not just as simple as picking the most obvious candidate for the part. Sure, casting Daniel Craig as James Bond for five consecutive movies has made film studios millions, but the decision isn't winning any points for originality.

The history of cinema is littered with leftfield casting choices that were proven to be a strokes of genius. Heath Ledger in the Dark Knight (2008), John Travolta in Pulp Fiction (1994), and Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club (2013) would all be examples. But when a casting director gets it wrong, you end up with Kevin Costner rocking a mullet in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991).

Bold casting choices oftentimes can make or break a movie. You might have the greatest script in the world, and a director with all the credentials, but that doesn't compensate for a bad performance.

Whether the following decisions were inspired, or horrendously misjudged remains to be seen. Here are the wildest acting choices for upcoming movies.

10. Nicolas Cage As Dracula - Renfield (2023)

Margot Robbie Barbie
Magellan Pictures

Nicholas Cage has appeared in all manor of films over the years; from the absurdly entertaining Con Air (1997), to the cringe-inducing Wicker Man (2006), and the downright disturbing Mandy (2018). He's done it all. And no matter the calibre of movie, Cage's performances have always contained a certain entertainment factor.

Described as one of the most "fearless" actors of his generation by Quentin Tarantino, Cage certainly doesn't hold back when taking on a role. He seems to have no reservations portraying a quirky comedy character, an action-adventure star, or a protagonist in a psychological thriller.

Soon he will join the likes of Gary Oldman, Christopher Lee, and Bela Lugosi in portraying the fanged villain Dracula in upcoming horror-comedy Renfield. As ridiculous as it might seem to picture Cage as a vampire, it shouldn't be surprising that he's taking on another role he barely seems suited for.

The film will follow the exploits of Renfield (Nicholas Hoult), a servant and devotee of Dracula, as he tries to leave the Count's service after falling in love. Already, this sounds like the most absurd twist on the Dracula story, but with Cage involved it's sure to at least generate a few memes.


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