She’s played a werewolf on Bitten, come face-to-face with Jigsaw‘s legacy in the latest Saw film, and she even got her big break on the 90s classic, Goosebumps. The point here is that Laura Vandervoort’s whole life had been leading up to this moment. For the highly anticipated remake of the David Cronenberg classic Rabid, Jen and Sylvia Soska, (AKA: the Twisted Twins), have cast Vandervoort to be their star. It’s the next big step to finally getting this project into production, and then into theatres.
The usual Hollywood trade publications, including Deadline, announced the news Friday that Vandervoort has been hired as Rabid‘s lead. Vandervoort will step into the role played by adult film actress Marilyn Chambers in Cronenberg’s original, which followed a woman named Rose who suffers a ghastly side effect from a new medical treatment after a motorcycle accident. Rose, only able to survive on human blood, infects others in the Montreal area with a kind of zombieism caused by stinger from a new orifice under her arm pit.
“We are thrilled to be working with Laura Vandervoort on Rabid, who is the perfect fit for the role of Rose. She is an incredibly versatile actress who is quick to take on characters in all genres, and effectively tackles every role she plays,” said producer Michael Walker in the release. Telefilm Canada and Ontario Media Development Corp are developing the film with Back 40 Pictures, and financing from London-based Media Finance Capital.
Rabid will be the fifth feature directed by the Soska Sisters after Dead Hooker in a Trunk, American Mary, See No Evil 2, and Vendetta; they’ve also contributed a segment to The ABCs of Death 2. John Serge, who wrote the feature Dead on Campus, is presently working on the script with the Sisters. There’s presently no start date for production, but it is in pre-production according to the website for the film’s sales agent, Film Mode Entertainment.
In the meantime, if you’re interested in watching the 1977 Rabid, it is streaming now on the horror movies only site, Shudder. Nightmare on Film Street will bring you and all details about the remake as they become available.