Imogen Poots (Solitary Man) has signed on to play the female lead in Craig Gillespie’s remake of the 1985 cult horror-comedy Fright Night. Poots is the final piece of major casting. She joins Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, Toni Collette, David Tennant, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. For those who don’t know, Fright Night is about teenager Charley Brewster discovering that his next door neighbor is a vampire (and not the cuddly Twilight-kind).
Poots will play Charley’s girlfriend, but according to Heat Vision, in this version the character is “part of the popular and unaware of his earlier life as a nerd.” Another change from the original is that Peter Vincent character is no longer a late-night spook show host (which would admittedly be outdated) and is now Criss Angel-like Vegas magician. Hit the jump for a side-by-side comparison of the original actors to the ones in the remake.
Note: I’m assuming that all the character names have remained the same.
Charley Brewster: William Ragsdale (1985) / Anton Yelchin (2011)
A teenager who discovers his next door neighbor is a vampire.
Jerry Dandridge: Chris Sarandon (1985) / Colin Farrell (2011)
Amy Peterson: Amanda Bearse (1985) / Imogen Poots (2011)
Peter Vincent: Roddy McDowall (1985) / David Tennant (2011)
A charismatic entertainer who claims to be a vampire hunter. He’s recruited by Charley to stop Dandridge.
“Evil” Ed Thompson: Stephen Geoffrey (1985) / Christopher Mintz-Plasse (2011)
Charley’s obnoxious friend.
Judy Brewster: Dorothy Fielding (1985) / Toni Collette (2011).
Gillespie and his crew have a high bar to clear, but I think they’ve sewn up a strong cast. I haven’t seen a film with Poots yet, but the rest of the cast is rock solid and I’m interested to see where they’ll go with this remake.