First ‘Friday the 13th’ Casting News!!

Jared Padalecki (Cry Wolf, Supernatural) is in final negotiations to star in the remake of Friday the 13th that Platinum Dunes is producing for New Line and Paramount. Marcus Nispel is directing from a script by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift. Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form are producing. Paramount released the original “Friday” in 1980, introducing horror icon Jason with a brief appearance. The remake will focus on the serial killer, who will wear his now-iconic hockey mask. Padalecki will play the lead, who investigates what happened up at Crystal Lake. A release is planned for — what else? — Friday, Feb. 13, 2009.