As we recently told you, a sequel to last year’s Groundhog Day-style slasher film Happy Death Day is filming this year, and it’s just been officially confirmed that breakout star Jessica Rothe will be returning as main character Tree Gelbman. This isn’t exactly surprising news but it’s great news, as Rothe’s performance in the first was exceptional.
Via Deadline, Israel Broussard will also be back as Carter Davis, Tree’s boyfriend. Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi) and Sarah Yarkin (“American Horror Story”) will also star.
Sharma is playing Samar Ghosh, a science enthusiast and geek who enjoys coding in his spare time. Yarkin has been cast in the role of Dre Morgan, a science geek and tom-boy with a sleepy feline gaze who is Samar’s partner-in-crime.
Rothe detailed sequel plans earlier this year…
“The sequel, the way he described it to me, elevates the movie from being a horror movie – and I wouldn’t even say it’s just a horror movie because it’s a horror, comedy, rom-com drama – into a Back to the Future type of genre film where the sequel joins us right from where we left off, it explains a lot of things in the first one that didn’t get explained, and it elevates everything,” Rothe told Collider.
Christopher Landon will return to direct Happy Death Day 2, filming in May.