A photo of John Lithgow on the set of the upcoming Pet Sematary remake has surface online and the fellas looking grizzly.

Appearing on the Instagram feed of first assistant director/second unit director Beau Ferris, we get our first real glimpse of what Lithgow will look like in the film. The photo showing Ferris & Lithgow posing on a motorcycle signals the end of Lithgow’s time on the upcoming project. Lithgow is playing the part of Jud Crandall in the remake. The role was played by the late, great Fred Gwynne in the original film.


Joining Lithgow in the new cast are Three-year-old twins Hugo Lavoie and Lucas Lavoie will play Gage Creed, with Jeté Laurence taking on the role of Ellie Creed. Jason Clarke and Amy Seimetz are our new Louis and Rachel Creed.

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What is Pet Sematary? 

Pet Sematary is a 1983 horror novel by Stephen King. This adaptation of Pet Sematary follows Dr. Louis Creed (Jason Clarke: Winchester), who moves with his wife Rachel (Any Seimetz: Alien:Covenant) and their two young children from Boston to rural Maine. They discovers a burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home. When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his strange new neighbor, Jud Crandall (John Lithgow) which in turn sets in motion a series of horrifying events. The novel was previously adapted for the screen in 1989. The remake of Pet Sematary is being brought to the screen by directors Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer

So, we now have our first look at what Jud Crandall is going to look like in the remake. I think that Lithgow certainly looks the part. Will he hold a candle to Fred Gwynne’s legendary performance? That remains to be seen. If the recent remake of IT has taught us anything though, no performance is untouchable. I personally can’t wait. Pet Sematary is currently set for a April 9th, 2019 release.

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