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Are They Recasting ‘The Strangers’?!

THE STRANGERS, from left: Gemma Ward, Kip Weeks, Laura Margolis, 2008. ©Universal Pictures

Unless there’s a last second change of heart, the filmmakers behind The Strangers 2 are recasting the franchise’s iconic villains who are set to return to slice and dice another family, this time in a trailer park.

Bryan Bertino’s The Strangers starred Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman, with Gemma Ward appearing as “Dollface”, Kip Weeks as “the Man in the Mask”, and Laura Margolis as “Pin-up Girl”.

We’re told from an insider that they’re looking to recast these roles, which was confirmed when Kip reached out to us expressing some frustration.

It’s unclear why they’ve being recast, but it’s the filmmakers’ right to make that creative decision, and in the past, we’ve seen it work well. But how will diehard fans of The Strangers react in knowing that the Strangers themselves are completely new actors?

The Strangers 2 follows a family whose road trip takes a turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park and after the power goes out they decide to hunker down for the night in a borrowed trailer. Under the cover of darkness three familiar masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test their every limit.

It was announced last week that Emmy-nominated Christina Hendricks had joined the cast, with Bailee Madison, who starred in the Guillermo del Toro-produce Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, and Lewis Pullman (Aftermath).

Johannes Roberts, director of this summer’s excellent 47 Meters Down, as well as The Other Side of the Door, is directing from a script by Bertino and Ben Ketai.

What do you guy think?

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  • tyler

    I bet they will postpone in to oblivion again – not that it matters since it’s been 10 yrs. The Strangers was a good film but not good enough to anticipate a sequel 10 yrs later.

    • A2VL

      I doubt it. They have a production set in 2 weeks and actual cast. It’s a similar case to the Suspiria remake which also took 10 year to happen.

    • Michael Hill

      you’re an idiot. Fuck off.

  • Khy

    Does it really matter? Just get good actors with good presence and that’s basically it. I do feel bad for the original actors.

    • Kip helped shape the way the mask looked and the presence of his character had on screen. The movements, motions etc. It does matter to some extent.

  • The chicken man

    I know they have masks so it doesn’t really matter, but it still doesn’t seem right. An odd choice for sure.

  • Alanmac

    Absolutely loved part 1 and can’t wait for the sequel but they’re wearing masks and they pretty much just stand there staring. Who gives a fuck who’s playing them?

  • Their effectiveness was always more a result of Bertino ‘s composition more than acting chops.

  • Micah Unice

    I’m guessing there will be scenes where they’re mask-less this time? Maybe they want more recognizable faces. Or actors who (they think) can emote more.

  • Stefan Heikel

    I honestly care more for Liv Tyler to return.

    • Creepshow

      As a zombie after she got killed?

      • Stefan Heikel

        At the very end she let out a scream, so she’s still alive unless it’s revealed otherwise.

        • Creepshow

          That’s the sound someone makes right before they bite it.

    • Khy

      Liv Tyler is a no go. Even right after the original film was released she seemed not all that hyped up for a sequel but was still leaning towards returning because 1) Her character was planned to be killed off in the opening of Strangers 2 and 2) I’m sure the paycheck would’ve been juicy. But after nine years of false starts and re-writes, additions and subtractions, I’m sure Liv hasn’t been in the loop since like 2009. It makes better sense just to start off fresh with a new cast instead of trying to drag someone back who most likely wouldn’t be interested, especially since I’m sure she’ll be pretty expensive- they don’t need the stress.

  • Slash McClane

    There was slicing and dicing? I’m gonna have to watch this again, I think I missed it the first time.

  • David Lees

    I bet it’s a money thing. They probably wanted higher pay as returning “stars” and the studio thought “Nah, let’s just recast.”.

  • Michael Hill

    and this is news why you asshole?

  • Wil McMullen

    Since they never took their masks off in the film, im not sure why anyone anyone would be peeved about the killers recasting.

  • Khy

    It’s a fucking business, what do you expect?

    You think they make movies for kicks?

    • Necro

      I know it’s a “fucking business” and I’ll say what I wanna fucking say! Go treat someone else like an asshole since it seems like it’s all you like to do.

  • Shane o mac

    Whatever, they wore masks so it doesn’t really matter if they recast or not. Just have this movie NOT BE BORING and let it be more bloody

  • James

    There was something, though, to how creepily they pulled off the head tilts, spooky walking, and how they spoke. I know they were in masks, but they did it well. If it wasn’t a money problem, then I think the studio may have wanted younger people, or bigger, taller more menacing actors like with Kane Hodder.

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