With shooting already underway in Shreveport, Louisiana, Bloody Disgusting has received exclusive word on who will be playing the NEW Leatherface in Lionsgate’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D!! Playing Leatherface will be discovery Dan Yeager (pictured inside). Director John Lussenhop knew he was perfect for the role immediately, after a chance meeting. He describes the 6′ 6″ actor as having “huge farm boy arms, a brooding brow. He’s quiet, circumspect, and immediately struck a menacing chord with me. After five minutes, I could no longer think of anyone else for the role.”
We also exclusively learned that another Texas Chain Saw Massacre vet will be joining the previously announced original Leatherface Gunnar Hansen. Marilyn Burns (pictured below), who played final girl “Sally Hardesty” in the 1974 classic will be playing the role of “Verna Carson.” Burns also starred in Hooper’s 1976 Eaten Alive. And in another surprise casting scoop, John Dugan will be reprising his role as the Grandfather, making his first series appearance since the original film!
We also now know that Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 star Bill Moseley – best known as “Chop-top in Hooper’s 1983 sequel – will play “Drayton Sawyer” in this film. Moseley will be standing in for Jim Siedow, who previously played the part before his passing in 2003. The two actors appeared together in the 1983 film and were quite comfortable together. Director Luessenhop explains how “Moseley is the perfect choice to capture some of the essence that Siedow had brought to the character.”
This is just the tip of the iceburg. Read on for the FULL cast!
EXCLUSIVE (cont.): In The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D, arriving in theaters October 5, 2012, Tania Raymonde will play Nikki, a small-town girl with an attitude who is the best friend of Heather (Alexandra Daddario), who travels to small-town Texas to collect her inheritance, which includes her deranged cousin Leatherface.
Announced a few hours ago was acclaimed R&B singer Trey Songz making his film debut as Heather’s boyfriend “Ryan” and Keram Malicki-Sánchez as Ryan’s friend. Shaun Sipos (“Melrose Place,” Final Destination 2) plays “Darryl” in the film, a hitchhiker along for the ride who knows more than he lets on.
An all new cast of law enforcement and government professionals take on Leatherface in this chapter of the saga: Thom Barry (The Fast and the Furious, Independence Day) plays the role of “Sheriff Hooper,” with Paul Rae (True Grit) in the role of town mayor “Burt Hartman.” Scott Eastwood (Gran Turino) will portray “Deputy Carl Hartman,” a young officer who is battling a powerful attraction to Heather while hunting Leatherface. Noted character actor Richard Riehler (Officie Space) will play Sawyers family attorney Farnsworth.