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 was recently confirmed that breakout star Jessica Rothe will be returning as main character Tree Gelbman, while Israel Broussard will also be back as Carter Davis, Tree’s boyfriend. Now, Variety adds that Ruby Modine has signed on to reprise her role as Lori Spengler. 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, as Deadline previously reported.
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.