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It would appear that the Dark Universe isn't totally dead after all. Maybe.

Today, Universal announced that they have tapped Nicolas Cage to play the role of Dracula in their upcoming film Reinfeld. The film will tell the story of one of Dracula's many loyal devotees, R.M. Reinfeld, who, in the original novelizations, is in an insane asylum for his belief that he serves the vampire. Actor Nicholas Hoult of Mad Max: Fury Road is signed on to play the titular role.

The announcement of this Chris McKay-directed venture resurrected comments about the Universal's plan for the Dark Universe, a cinematic universe akin to the MCU or other comic-book related pantheons. The idea behind the plan was to reintroduce audiences to stories about classic monsters such as Frankenstein and Dracula, and then have them team up or cross over in some kind of shared universe event. 

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This plan fell through, however, when the first of their planned Dark Universe releases, The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise and Jake Johnson, bombed at the box office. After that, the project was shelved, and, though a scaled-down version of their plan for The Invisible Man did very well in 2020, the Dark Universe has been quiet ever since - mostly.

We're still not entirely sure where the Dark Universe is now, but we do know that a few of the other films slated for it are back in production, including Dark Army, a project headed by Paul Feig, which was originally supposed to be the Dark Universe's Avengers.

Regardless, though, Nicolas Cage as Dracula is sure to be a great time for everyone - and hopefully we'll get to see him team up with the Invisible Man sometime soon.