'Leatherface' Casts Angela Bettis As Mother Sawyer

Meet the Mother to ‘Leatherface’! (Exclusive)

Angela Bettis

Horror fans are going to explode when I reveal who is joining the cast of Leatherface, the prequel to Tobe Hooper’s 1974 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

I have exclusively confirmed that Angela Bettis is in talks to play ‘Verna’, the mother of the Sawyer family.

She will join EastEnders star Sam Strike, who was just cast as ‘Jackson’, an attractive young boy who will eventually grow up to become Leatherface.

Bettis has deep roots in the horror community, starring in Lucky McKee’s May (2002), as well as remakes of Toolbox Murders and Carrie, and even The Woods, Scar 3-D and The Woman.

As we exclusively reported back on Halloween, Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, the duo behind the slasher masterpiece Inside (À l’intérieur), as well as Livide and the forthcoming Among the Living, will be helming Leatherface for Millienum and Lionsgate.

Millennium Films, who was behind the 2013 Texas Chainsaw 3D, is once again producing with Christa Campbell, Lati Grobman and Carl Mazzacone, for Lionsgate.

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  • Aaron Reason

    That is really exciting! Great news

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  • ragethorn

    Who?

  • Khy

    FUCKING AWESOME! Great casting with Angela!

  • Freddy Krueger Fan

    Good choice.

  • Motion Fiction Media

    Love the directors, but not sure about this. They should have done a remake for Hellraiser or something else of that caliber.

  • J Jett

    Angela Bettis is awesome! i’m now officially kind of excited for this movie.

  • ChasingTheGhost

    I fucking adore Angela. I have to see this now.

  • Frank Lloyd Jr.

    I actually liked TC 3D, so I’m looking forward to this. If Angela Bettis is added to the cast, that will definitely be a plus.

  • Trisha Tachanawa

    Yes! Angela is going to be so badass

  • Awesome! But no mention of May? She was great in it.

  • Beanis

    Best casting news I’ve heard in a long time. Wasn’t interested in this until now. Yes, May is amazing.

  • FilmFlamMan

    Caught the original TCM last year, was wondering based on any recommendations whether I should continue to proceed with the series? I’ve heard that the sequel (helmed by Hooper) is more in the vein of a black comedy, are any worth checking out?

    • wehoaks

      They all have their own charm even if some suck.

    • Beanis

      Definitely check out part 2 and Leatherface TCM III. The Next Generation is awful. The remake is decent but the remake prequel is not great.

    • Humpasaur Jones

      None of the others are worth your time if you value life. I say that having seen them all.

  • Rocco Paone

    I think this is ironic that she looks strikingly familiar to the actress that played our heroine’s mother in TC3D…

    • wehoaks
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  • pablitonizer

    The actress is a good choice. However, I’m not sure about this movie. First off the title of this movie..isn’t TCM 3 called ‘leatherface’ as well? Not to mention this is the weirdest saga ever, it feels like every new entry is a new beginning.

  • Queen B

    It’s good to see so much love for Angela. She’s a great indie actress and deserves this titular role 😀

    • alliedcola

      Yeah, she deserves such a role in a GOOD movie…

    • Brandon MisterJuicy Alexander

      the titular role? as in… she should play the chainsaw?

      ugh.

      • Queen B

        Well going by the storyline from the beginning, she isn’t really his mother. I suspect there will be more of that storyline involved. So no she’ll be playing the mother…

        • Brandon MisterJuicy Alexander

          “titular” derives from the word “title”.
          so either she will be a chainsaw, or leatherface? :p

  • wehoaks

    Well this is a pleasant surprise. The script is said to be very good. At least that’s what they’re saying in the agenting world.

  • J Jett

    i just watched Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo’s AMONG THE LIVING and it kind of sucked. it’s starting to look more and more like they are a one hit wonder. INSIDE was fantastic. LIVID was kind of good. each film they’ve done has gotten worse and worse. AMONG THE LIVING was so fucking frustrating because

    1. most of the kills happen off screen
    2. the characters do THE most idiotic cliche horror movie moves that i’ve seen in any film in a while.
    3. the editing (especially in the “big” finale) is atrocious. i can’t believe this movie is from the same team who gave us INSIDE. i think people should keep expectations for this TCM prequel in check.

    • James

      Where did you find among the living? I’ve been waiting for that to come out.

      • J Jett

        James, it’s online.

  • aFriendlyAgenda

    Thats some cool stunt casting.

    She was great in McKee’s movies, and those movies are real credentials for what can be done without big budgets and just creativity.

    Its like casting Bruce Campbell.

  • Eddie Ray Hatfield

    I love Angela Bettis too, but one good casting choice does not automatically make for a great film. I still think this film is going to flop and be utter shit. They keep butchering this franchise more and more and just can’t leave a good thing alone. They have completely fucked up the whole character at this point. Do we really need to see Leatherface as a young boy and as a teenager, going out on dates and getting his first car? Jesus, does no one have any original ideas anymore? Thanks, but no thanks. I’ll pass.

  • jason4eva

    I wasn’t feeling this story/script at all! But now that Angela is cast I’ve got to see her bat shit crazy role as Mrs. Sawyer! She’s going to own this!!!! Hello May!

  • Adam Palkovits

    I dropped interest after Baby Leatherface, that’s how you know it’s gonna be bad. This could be a stand alone original film about a crazy mother and her family outside the Texas Chainsaw Franchise, hell this could have been more appropriate as a Friday the 13th prequal. Are we gonna end up hanging with baby freddy now too. This is Ridiculous.

  • Chrissie-Watkins

    The wording of this article is confusing. The first paragraph says that she is “joining the cast” and the second says she is “in talks”, which I am taking to mean she hasn’t signed yet. I completely loved May, though, so I hope its a done deal.

  • Victor

    But why a prequel? Honestly make a brand new film please with its own story! Look how bad the 2013 sequel was…. Stop with trying to get so much into the origin and backstory, I’m going to the movies to see leatherface chasing victims and using that chainsaw!!! Stop with the bullshit please! Just make this a bad ass gruesome RAW HORROR FILM!!! Take notes from the remake back in 2003. Or perfect example THE ORIGINAL!

  • Victor

    But why a prequel? Honestly make a brand new film please with its own story! Look how bad the 2013 sequel was…. Stop with trying to get so much into the origin and backstory, I’m going to the movies to see leatherface chasing victims and using that chainsaw!!! Stop with the bullshit please! Just make this a bad ass gruesome RAW HORROR FILM!!! Take notes from the remake back in 2003. Or perfect example THE ORIGINAL!!!!

  • Zachary Paul

    May has always been in my top 5 favorite films and I get excited hearing Bettis cast in anything. She is just so captivating; every glance, twitch of the eye and pause between dialogue propels her character’s inner thoughts onto the screen. She’s great. Can you tell I think so? Here’s hoping this isn’t just few small scenes for her.

  • Zombié Rodan

    they should show this script to Gunnar, Tobe, and Kim if those three agree that this is a legitimate back-story to their movie, then go right ahead! only those three will know for sure.

  • Evan3

    What a coup. She will be perfect in the role, and lends credibility to a shaky-seeming project.