DEADLINE – EXCLUSIVE: Sony is firming up the cast for its Grudge remake with the addition of two-time Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver, Betty Gilpin, star of the Netflix series GLOW, William Sadler, and Frankie Faison. The group joins previously announced cast Andrea Riseborough, Demian Bichir, John Cho and Lin Shaye as filming is scheduled to start in May.
Nicolas Pesce is attached to helm the piece, a reimagining to 2004 version (based on the 2002 Japanese original Ju-on) that starred Sarah Michelle Gellar as a nurse in Tokyo who is afflicted by a curse that created uncontrollable homicidal rage.
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has the worldwide distribution rights while Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert will produce for Ghost House with Romel Adam overseeing production for the company. Executive producers Good Universe’s Nathan Kahane and Erin Westerman alongside Schuyler Weiss, Roy Lee, Doug Davison, John Middleton, and Andrew Pfeffer. Also overseeing the project is Brady Fujikawa from Good Universe.
Weaver plays Melissa McCarthy’s mother in the soon-to-be-released film Life of the Party and will appear in Steve McQueen’s New Regency thriller Widows opposite Viola Davis as well as the Netflix pic, Bird Box alongside Sandra Bullock. Gilpin, who returns for the second season of the female wrestler series GLOW, will also be seen in New Line’s Isn’t It Romantic, out in February 2019.
Faison is known for his roles as Sugar Bates on Cinemax’s Banshee and Commissioner Ervin Burrell on The Wire. Sadler credits include Power (Starz), Our Cartoon President (Showtime) the upcoming Bill & Ted Face the Music film.
Weaver is repped by ICM, Elevate Entertainment, and Felker, Toczek, Suddleson, Abramson; Gilpin by ICM, Anonymous Content, and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman; Faison by Vanguard Management Group; Sadler by INSURGE.