David Tennant (Doctor Who) and Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Kick-Ass) have joined the cast of Craig Gillespie’s remake of the 1985 cult hit Fright Night. For those who haven’t seen the original (and I hadn’t until very recently), it centers on Charley Brewster (played by William Ragsdale), a teenager who discovers that his next door neighbor is a vampire. With his life and the lives of his loved ones in imminent danger, Charley recruits “veteran vampire killer”/washed-up actor Peter Vincent (played by Roddy McDowall) to destroy the blood-sucking fiend. Anton Yelchin is playing Charley in the remake.
The remake changes the setting to Las Vegas and the Vincent character is no longer a late-night horror show, but a “Criss Angel”-like personality who uses horror-movie imagery in his act. According to Heat Vision, Tennant will make his big U.S. debut as Vincent, which is an interesting spin on the character when compared to the late-middle-aged version in the original. But the genius casting is Mintz-Plasse to play Evil Ed, Charley’s obnoxious friend who decides to side with the vampire (played by Colin Farrell). It looks like they’ve lined up an interesting cast and I’m interested to see what Gillespie and screenwriter Marti Noxon take it from here. You can click here to read what producer Mike De Luca had to say about the project when Steve interviewed him back in January.