Universal Pictures has announced that Blumhouse’s film adaptation of Stephen King’s classic thriller novel Firestarter will now officially be having a simultaneous debut in theaters and on Peacock on Friday, May 13, 2022.
In addition, the Firestarter trailer has also been revealed, providing us a preview of Zac Efron and Ryan Kiera Armstrong’s characters. It features a young girl as she struggles to control her one-of-a-kind power. Despite her parents’ guidance and protection, her pyrokinetic powers will soon attract the attention of sinister forces who aimed to capture and control her.
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The Firestarter remake stars Ryan Kiera Armstrong (The Tomorrow War), who has been cast for the leading role of Charlie McGee, a character that was famously portrayed by a young Drew Barrymore in Mark L. Lester’s 1984 adaptation.
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“For more than a decade, parents Andy and Vicky have been on the run, desperate to hide their daughter Charlie from a shadowy federal agency that wants to harness her unprecedented gift for creating fire into a weapon of mass destruction,” reads the synopsis. “Andy has taught Charlie how to defuse her power, which is triggered by anger or pain. But as Charlie turns 11, the fire becomes harder and harder to control. After an incident reveals the family’s location, a mysterious operative is deployed to hunt down the family and seize Charlie once and for all. Charlie has other plans. ”
Joining Armstrong are Zac Efron (Extremely Wicked, Shocking Evil and Vile) as Andy McGee, Sydney Lemmon (Helstrom) as Vicky McGee, Michael Greyeyes (True Detective) as John Rainbird, John Beasley (Sinister 2), Kurtwood Smith (That ’70s Show), and Emmy nominee Gloria Reuben (ER).
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The Firestarter remake is directed by rising filmmaker Keith Thomas (The Vigil) from a screenplay written by Scott Teems (Halloween Kills). The film’s score is composed by the legendary John Carpenter and his fellow Halloween franchise composers Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies.
Producers are Jason Blum and Akiva Goldsman, with original film’s associate producer Martha De Laurentiis, Ryan Turek, Gregory Lessans, Scott Teems, J.D. Lifshitz and Raphael Margules set as executive producers. It is a production by Universal Pictures, Blumhouse, and Weed Road Pictures.