The Director and Lead Actress of The Witch May Reteam for Nosferatu

Anya Taylor-Joy in The Witch. Image: A24
Anya Taylor-Joy in The Witch. Image: A24

The Witch—the quietest, creepiest horror film of 2015—put both director Robert Eggers and star Anya Taylor-Joy on the map. Now, they may reteam to breathe life into another scary story.


Variety reports that Taylor-Joy is in negotiations to star in a remake of Nosferatu, which Eggers would direct. The original 1922 German film is a classic of the silent era; it was famously remade by Werner Herzog in 1979, and then was the subject of the 2000 film Shadow of the Vampire. Eggers has been attached to the project since 2015 and wanted Taylor-Joy to star, but she became very busy after The Witch. She starred in M. Night Shyamalan’s Split, she’s currently shooting the X-Men film New Mutants, and will reprise her Split role in Glass, just to name a few.

If Eggers’ take on Nosferatu is true to the source material (which itself was a loose adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula), Taylor-Joy would likely play Ellen, the wife of a real estate agent who becomes the obsession of a new client, the vampire Count Orlok.


There’s no word on when Nosferatu might go into production but it almost certainly depends on Taylor-Joy’s schedule.


Entertainment Reporter for io9/Gizmodo

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then was the subject of the 2000 film Shadow of the Vampire.

I’m glad this one was brought up because it really is brilliant. I’m not sure where this remake can take the story but it will be difficult to top Shadow of the Vampire.

On a side note: Still haven’t seen The Witch and word for it has been mixed depending on who you ask. I will see this before or on Halloween and decide for myself.