Ghost House Pictures got us excited by attaching Nicolas Pesce, the man behind The Eyes of My Mother, to rewrite and direct the reboot of The Grudge.
Andrea Riseborough (“Black Mirror”) is starring (as a detective and young single mother) with Machete Kills, Alien: Covenant, and The Nun‘s Demián Bichir. Now, “The Exorcist’s” John Cho has joined the cast, although character details have not been revealed.
Cho, best known for the Harold & Kumar franchise, will next star in Aneesh Chaganty’s drama Searching, which premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival, earning the NEXT Audience Award. Sony/Screen Gems will release the movie, which used to be titled Search, on Aug. 3.
“We are so excited about this new adaptation,” Producer Sam Raimi said. “We went back to the original source material to deliver a relentless supernatural thrill ride that explores the horrors of American suburbia.”
Based on a script by Midnight Meat Train scribe Jeff Buhler, it’s a new take on the 2004 pic (itself based on the 2002 Japanese original Ju-on), which starred Sarah Michelle Gellar as a nurse in Tokyo who is afflicted by a curse that created uncontrollable homicidal rage.
This will be the twelfth Ju-On/The Grudge film, which also has a video game, two short films, and several graphic novels included in the collection.
The pic will begin shooting in May.