Three new cast members for the much-anticipated Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark film adaptation have been announced.
Dean Norris (Breaking Bad) Gill Bellows (The Shawshank Redemption), and Lorraine Toussaint (Selma, Orange Is The New Black) have signed on to join the ensemble for Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark. The André Øvredal-directed interpretation based on Alvin Schwartz’s bestselling trilogy of books is being produced by Oscar-winner Guillermo del Toro, who co-wrote the script with Kevin Hageman and Dan Hageman.
This news comes soon after Guillermo del Toro answered on Twitter the film will stay loyal to the famous illustrations in the books of Stephen Gammell. Del Toro has been working to adapt them into a film for several years now.
Currently filming in Toronto, the film will follow a group of teens who must solve the mystery surrounding a wave of spectacularly horrific deaths in their small town.
The three join previously announced Zoe Colletti (Annie, Wildlife, Skin), 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). However, it has yet to be released what their roles will be.
“Lorraine, Gil, and Dean are exceptionally talented actors who also happen to be game for all of the creepy madness that this film entails,” said Øvredal. “We are thrilled to have them aboard our macabre little train.”
Sean Daniel and Jason Brown of Hivemind Production Company, J. Miles Dale, and Elizabeth Grave are also producing. Mark Ross and Alex Ginno are supervising the project for CBS Films, which will distribute the film in the U.S.
The popular Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark book series first published in 1981. The series would become a teen cult classic and among the most banned and challenged books of the coming decades. The series topped the American Library Association’s list of the Top 100 most regularly challenged books from 1990-1999. Ten years later, the Scary Stories books remained in the top 10 on the list for 2000-2009. The books were most frequently disputed on the basis of “insensitivity, occult/Satanism, violence, (and being) unsuited to age group.”
No official release date has been announced, but is expected to hit theaters sometime in 2019.