Just when you thought casting was locked for Leatherface, the prequel to Tobe Hooper’s 1974 Texas Chain Saw Massacre now filming in Bulgaria, we have one more name to add to the stack of bodies.
Bloody Disgusting exclusively can report that UK actor Finn Jones is the latest to go on the run from Leatherface’s menacing chainsaw. Jones isn’t a horror newbie, having starred in The Last Showing and Wrong Turn 5, and also can be seen in HBO’s “Game of Thrones”.
The film centers around a violent teen who one day will become Leatherface. He escapes from a mental hospital with three other inmates (Sam Coleman, Sam Strike, James Bloor, Jessica Madsen), kidnaps a young nurse (played by Vanessa Grasse) and takes her on a road trip from hell. Along the way, they are pursued by an equally deranged lawman (Stephen Dorff) out for revenge.
Dorff will play ‘Texas Ranger Hal Hartman’, a lawman described to us as a lean, mean Texas Ranger who has a vendetta against the teen boy who grows up to become Leatherface, while Angela Bettis was cast as Mother Sawyer. The Conjuring‘s Lili Taylor was recently added in an undisclosed role.
Back on Halloween Bloody broke the news that 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.
Leatherface is being produced by Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman (interview), alongside Carl Mazzocone after they successfully resurrected the franchise with the 2013 Texas Chainsaw 3D. Les Weldon is also a producer on the project, which is being executive produced by Millennium’s Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, John Thompson, Mark Gill and Beth Bruckner O’Brien.