Filming has begun on Paramount’s new adaptation of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary, with Starry Eyes duo Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch directing. EW brings us the latest casting news today, reporting that Jeté Laurence will play Ellie Creed, a sweet and sensitive young girl who adores her cat Winston Churchill, or “Church” for short, and wins over the heart of the old-timer who lives next door (played by John Lithgow.)
Three-year-old twins Hugo Lavoie and Lucas Lavoie will play Gage, her toddler little brother — who is prone to wandering into trouble.
In the 1989 film, Miko Hughes played Gage, with Blaze Berdahl as Ellie.
Jason Clarke (Winchester) and Amy Seimetz (Alien: Covenant) are our new Louis and Rachel Creed, with John Lithgow as Jud Crandall.
Paramount originally dated the new adaptation for release on April 19, 2019, but we learned recently that it’s been slightly bumped up to April 5, 2019.
In Pet Sematary, adapted by Jeff Buhler…
“Based on the seminal horror novel by Stephen King, Pet Sematary follows Dr. Louis Creed (Clarke), who, after relocating with his wife Rachel (Seimetz) and their two young children from Boston to rural Maine, discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near the family’s new home. When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his unusual neighbor, Jud Crandall (Lithgow), setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unfathomable evil with horrific consequences.”
Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Mark Vahradian, and Steven Schneider are producing.