Some people get it, some don’t- and some just don’t care… James Gunn (Dawn of the Dead), who is writing and directing his film Slither recently made horror fans smile when he said his film would receive a “hard R,” meaning little 13 year old girl won’t be screaming in my ear the whole time. Now he’s already begun casting and the smiles keep on coming, read on for the first casting news from the film. A creature feature in the vein of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” “Slither” revolves around an alien plague that infects a small town, setting a local (Rooker) on a murderous spree. His wife (Banks) teams up with an old flame to combat the situation.
“James Gunn, prepping for his new horror film “Slither”, which he’s manning the loud-speaker for, as director, tells Moviehole today that he’s just signed film fave Gregg Henry [“Payback”, “Femme Fatale”] to play a pivotal role in the pic.
“Henry will be playing the role of jack maccready, the jumpy mayor of wheelsy”, says Gunn, writer of last year’s “Dawn of the Dead” redo. “Gregg is another one of my favorite actors, from movies like Payback and Raising Cain and, shit, a million more. I am nearly done assembling the perfect horror movie cast”.
Henry’s a bit of a newcomer to the horror genre – though did star in the short-lived “Psycho” TV series spin-off “Bates Motel” in 1987 – though he’s done a plethora of thrillers, including the aforesaid “Payback” with Mel Gibson, “Raising Cain”, and “Body Double”. Most recently he played Jonathan Wallace on TV’s “24”.
Henry joins Michael Rooker, Elizabeth Banks, and Rheagan Wallace [“7th Heaven”] in the film, which centres on a small town that is overtaken by aliens.”