Filming for the adaptation of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is underway in Toronto, with the production officially confirming that Breaking Bad star Dean Norris has joined the production. In addition to Norris, the adaptation has scored Gil Bellows (Patriot) and Lorraine Toussaint (Into the Badlands).
“Lorraine, Gil, and Dean are exceptionally talented actors who also happen to be game for all of the creepy madness that this film entails,” director André Øvredal shared in a statement. “We are thrilled to have them aboard our macabre little train.”
Guillermo del Toro was originally attached to direct the film, though ultimately relinquished the duties to Øvredal, with del Toro still on board as a producer.
The film's official synopsis reads, "Inspired by one of the most terrifying book series of all time, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark follows a group of teens who must solve the mystery surrounding a wave of spectacularly horrific deaths in their small town."
Previously announced cast members include Michael Garza (Wayward Pines, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1), Austin Abrams (Brad’s Status, The Americans), Gabriel Rush (Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel), Austin Zajur (Fist Fight, Kidding), and Natalie Ganzhorn (Make it Pop, Wet Bum) will all be joining the previously announced Zoe Coletti (Annie, Wildlife).
Javier Botet, who starred in Mama, The Conjuring 2, and IT as various macabre monsters, also confirmed that he was involved in the new film.
“We spent months searching for and assembling the perfect group of actors to help us realize the most terrifying adaptation that we could conceive,” Øvredal shared.
Guillermo del Toro agreed, adding, “I am honored to support Andre’s vision and, with our partners, to bring the incredible world of Scary Stories to the screen.”
The film is based on a trilogy of books which were comprised of short horror stories aimed at children, written by Alvin Schwartz. Originally published in 1984, the books have sold more than 7 million copies. In addition to Schwartz's stories causing nightmares, the iconic series also frightened and fascinated young readers with Steven Gammell's macabre and grotesque illustrations.
Norris starred as Hank Schrader on Breaking Bad and was recently seen in the TV series adaptation of Stephen King's Under the Dome.
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[H/T Entertainment Weekly]