Jumper star Max Thierot will replace Henry Lee Hopper as the lead in Wes Craven’s tentatively titled horror thriller 25/8 for Rogue Pictures.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, there were no creative differences between Craven and Dennis Hopper’s son, who was set to make his screen debut as one of seven teens haunted by a killer who supposedly died when they were born. The 17-year-old actor contracted an illness common to fellow teens: mononucleosis.
Newcomers Nick Lashaway, John Magaro and Paulina Olszynski have also joined the cast, and Raul Esparza is in talks to play the film’s serial killer.
Lashaway will play a bully, Magaro will play Thierot’s comic sidekick, and Olszynski will play a popular beauty among the small-town characters. Denzel Whitaker, Shareeka Epps and Emily Meade round out the cast.
Principal photography is set to begin this month in Connecticut.