Bad Times at the El Royale’s Cailee Spaeny To Lead The Craft Reboot
After finally finding a director in Zoe Lister-Jones (Band Aid) in March, the upcoming reboot of the cult classic teen horror film The Craft has found its lead star in the form of Bad Times at the El Royale‘s Cailee Spaeny, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The original film, directed by Andrew Fleming and written by Fleming and Peter Filardi, follows a teenage girl, Sarah (Robin Tunney) who, after her family moves to San Francisco, finds herself joining a clique of Catholic School girls who experiment with witchcraft. Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, and Rachel True also star.
The new film will center on Hannah, a high school outcast who becomes friends with three other young women and joins in their experimentation with witchcraft, with which they unleash a power seemingly solves problems in their lives but slowly consumes them with unforeseen costs.
Development on a remake of the 1996 hit has been in the works for almost five years now, with Honeymoon director Leigh Janiak originally attached to write and direct the project in 2015, which was supposed to be a sequel to the original, but the project was scrapped after negative reactions from fans and a lack of further interest at the studios.
Spaeny, who made her debut in 2018 across four major film roles including Bad Times at the El Royale, Pacific Rim: Uprising, On the Basis of Sex and Vice, is currently in negotiations to star as one of the four witches.
Though mostly known for her work on the small screen in shows including the short-lived NBC sitcom Whitney and the surprise hit CBS sitcom Life in Pieces, which has been on the air for five years and will debut its fourth season April 18, she is also known for having written, executive produced and starred in the 2012 romantic comedy Lola Versus and the well-received indie dramedy Band Aid, on which she wrote, produced, directed and starred.
In addition to the upcoming reboot, Lister-Jones is currently working on a new comedy pilot entitled Woman Up that was recently greenlit by ABC and on which she will executive produce, write and direct.
Doug Wick, a producer on the original film, will return to produce alongside Lucy Fisher through their banner Red Wagon Entertainment in addition to the indie mastermind Jason Blum producing through his box office hit studio Blumhouse Productions, while Fleming will executive produce the project along with Lucas Wiesendanger from Red Wagon.
The Craft is currently eyeing a July production start. The original film can be bought here.
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