Netflix is bringing back Castlevania with the spinoff series ‘Castlevania: Nocturne’, as announced during the streamer’s 2022 Geeked Week. The new trailer introduces Richter Belmont, the whip-wielding ancestor of Trevor Belmont, who is now facing a different threat after Dracula’s defeat. The story is set during the French Revolution, where social upheaval has given rise to a new danger that aims to enslave humanity.
Despite his young age, Richter takes on the mantle of the Belmont clan during these turbulent times. The trailer highlights the hardships Richter has endured, including the loss of his mother to a merciless killer.
However, he answers the call of the sorceress Annette to lead the resistance against the vampire threat, which has allied with the aristocracy to oppress the people. Richter teams up with Maria Renard, a recurring character from previous games, who uses her magic to aid the resistance against the creatures of the night.
Their formidable foe is the Vampire Messiah, prophesied to bring darkness and subjugation. Richter, Maria, Annette, and their allies refuse to let this happen and are determined to save France and the world from oppression. The trailer promises action-packed battles and a gripping struggle for liberation.
Castlevania: Nocturne Trailer
Plot of Castlevania: Nocturne
Like the original Castlevania anime, the spinoff, Castlevania: Nocturne, will draw inspiration from the popular Konami games that played a pivotal role in boosting Nintendo’s popularity.
The series will specifically take cues from Castlevania: Rondo of Blood and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Set during the French Revolution in 1792, the story follows Richter Belmont, a descendant of Trevor Belmont and Sypha Belnades, who continues the family legacy of being a vampire hunter and wields the renowned Vampire-Killer weapon.
Although an official plot synopsis has not been released, based on Castlevania lore, Richter Belmont starts as a hero in the game Castlevania: Rondo of Blood. With the assistance of Maria Renard, a teenage girl and fellow vampire hunter who is a distant relative of Belmont’s, and Alucard, the immortal son of Dracula, Richter successfully defeats Dracula and the forces of evil.
In Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, however, Richter falls under the manipulation of Shaft, a servant of Dracula, and becomes a tool to revive his master. Alucard and Maria join forces to defeat the vampire lord and rescue Richter from darkness. Overwhelmed with guilt, Richter eventually regains his strength and helps his friends in their mission to eliminate more followers of Dracula.
Appeareance Made in Netflix’s Castlevania Sequel Series
The original Castlevania animated series featured Richard Armitage as Trevor, Alejandra Reynoso as Sypha Belnades, and James Callis as Alucard Tepes. However, in the spinoff series Nocturne, Edward Bluemel and Pixie Davies will voice Richter and Maria, respectively. The cast is completed by Thusa Mbedu, Sydney James Harcourt, Sharon D. Clarke, Richard Dormer, Iain Glen, Elarica Johnson, Nastassja Kinski, Zahn McClarnon, Aaron Neil, Franka Potente, and Sophie Skelton.
The showrunners for Nocturne are Kevin Kolde, and the writer and creator is Clive Bradley. Directing duties will be handled by Sam Deats and Adam Deats. While flashbacks might include appearances from the original characters like Alucard, this series represents a significant departure from the game’s plot, particularly without Dracula’s involvement after his happy ending in Castlevania Season 4.
The original series, written and co-executive produced by Warren Ellis, is widely regarded as one of the best video game adaptations on television. The new series, with its stunning animation and action from Powerhouse Animation, seems poised to continue the strong tradition of the classic Konami franchise.