News Bites: ‘Gone’ Release, More Details & Casting for ‘American Horror’, ‘Dont Be Afraid of’ These Posters

Summit Entertainment has picked February 24, 2012 as the release date of Heitor Dhalia’s thriller Gone, which stars Amanda Seyfried as “a young woman named Jill who returns home from her night shift to find her sister’s bed empty. She’s convinced the serial killer who kidnapped her two years before has come back to finish the job. But the police do not believe Jill, who knows time is running out. With no one to turn to, she sets off to find her sister and face her abductor once and for all.

On the TV front, Evan Peters and Taissa Farmiga (both pictured here) are joining Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott in Ryan Murphy’s FX pilot “American Horror Story,” says THR. “The thriller centers on husband and wife Ben (“The Practice” ‘s McDermott) and Vivien Harmon (“Friday Night Lights” ‘ Britton) who move their family from Boston to a haunted San Francisco home in an attempt to rebuild their family after a miscarriage and affair.

With even more details leaking, Farmiga will play Violet Harmon, the couple’s smart gothic daughter who befriends Tate Langdon (Peters), a handsome and charismatic teen described as a cult leader with movie star looks who isn’t what he seems. Living next door to the Harmons are Constance (Jessica Lange) and her daughter with down syndrome, who knows more about the house than everyone realizes. Denis O’Hare (“True Blood”) also co-stars as Larry the Burn Guy, a former resident of the creepy house.

Lastly, two new pieces of sales art (one from Bloody Disgusting, the other from Fangoria) have leaked for Troy Nixey’s Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, which arrives in theaters August 26 from FilmDistrict (Insidious). The pic follows “Sally (Bailee Madison), a young girl who moves to Rhode Island to live with her father (Guy Pearce) and his new girlfriend (Katie Holmes) in the 19th-century mansion they are restoring. Having stumbled upon the mansion’s hidden basement, Sally starts hearing voices calling out from the bolted ash pit, imploring her to open it. Sally obliges and unwittingly unleashes something so terrible, so unthinkable, that everyone’s life – hers most of all – is placed in immediate and grave danger.