Shooting is officially underway on Rabid, a remake of the 1977 David Cronenberg film of the same name.
We previously reported that Jigsaw star Laura Vandervoort will lead the cast of the remake, which is to be helmed by the “Twisted Twins” aka, the Soska Sisters (American Mary, Dead Hooker In a Trunk).
Vandervoort stars as “Rose”, a demure seamstress who goes through a radical transformation after electing for plastic surgery following a disfiguring accident.
Now, Bloody Disgusting has first word that Ben Hollingsworth (pictured below; “Code Black”) has also joined the cast as “Brad”, a fashion photographer; Hanneke Talbot (“Playing Dead”) portrays Rose’s best friend Chelsea; and Mackenzie Gray (“Legion”, “Riverdale”) as arrogant fashion designer “Gunter”. Rabid will also feature WWE superstars CM Punk as “Billy” and his wife New York Times best-selling author AJ Mendez as “Kira”.
Drawing influence from the original movie, the remake will follow Rose (Vandervoort), a young woman who, after an accident leaves her scarred beyond recognition, undergoes a radical untested stem-cell treatment. While turning Rose into the belle of the ball, the experimental transformation comes at a price.
Rabid is written by Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska and John Serge.
A71 Entertainment will distribute Rabid in Canada with 101 Films handling the United Kingdom, Back 40 Pictures orchestrating theatrical distribution duties in the United States, and Shout! Studios’ Scream Factory imprint distributing the film across multiple platforms in the U.S. Rabid is produced by Back 40 Pictures in conjunction with Telefilm Canada, Ontario Media Development Corporation and London based, Media Finance Capital. Michael Walker, Paul Lalonde and John Vidette are serving as producers.