Dane DeHaan reveals that Nosferatu is his 'dream horror role'

Tom Beasley
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Dane DeHaan has said he'd love to play Nosferatu. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
Dane DeHaan has said he'd love to play Nosferatu. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

Dane DeHaan has revealed he thinks it would be “cool” if he ever got the chance to play iconic vampire Nosferatu.

The actor told Bloody Disgusting that the blood-sucking villain is his “dream horror role” on their Boo Crew podcast.

“Maybe like Nosferatu,” he said when asked about his dream role. “That'd be cool, right? I think I could do it. It'd be fun."

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Dehaan was promoting Quibi series The Stranger alongside co-star Maika Monroe, who is best known for her horror roles in It Follows and The Guest.

Monroe plays a driver for a ride-share app who has to deal with DeHaan’s sinister passenger.

Dane DeHaan in Quibi series 'The Stranger'. (Credit: Quibi)
Dane DeHaan in Quibi series 'The Stranger'. (Credit: Quibi)

Released in 1922, Nosferatu was helmed by German filmmaker F.W. Murnau and is held up as a landmark for both the horror genre and silent cinema in general.

The film was an unofficial and unauthorised adaptation of Dracula, which was sued by the estate of Bram Stoker, despite the changed names.

They ordered all prints of the movie to be destroyed, but several survived and went on to shape cinema history.

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Max Schreck played the titular vampire, with Klaus Kinski taking on the role in a 1979 remake helmed by Werner Herzog.

A modern remake has been announced, with The Lighthouse filmmaker Robert Eggers attached to the project.

Max Schreck as the vampire Count Orlok, in a scene from F. W. Murnau's expressionist horror film, 'Nosferatu'. (Photo by Frederic Lewis/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Max Schreck as the vampire Count Orlok, in a scene from F. W. Murnau's expressionist horror film, 'Nosferatu'. (Photo by Frederic Lewis/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

DeHaan has always been at home playing dark characters on the big screen, having portrayed a teen turned super-villain in Chronicle, the Green Goblin in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and a patient trapped at a bizarre health facility in A Cure for Wellness.

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He had less success when he attempted to play a more conventional hero role in Luc Besson’s ambitious sci-fi Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

If he doesn’t ever end up playing Nosferatu, there’s always the Joker. He’d smash it.