Rosemarie DeWitt in Talks to Lead POLTERGEIST Remake; Topher Grace May Join Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR

     July 23, 2013


The Poltergeist remake may have found its leading lady.  Deadline reports that Mad Men and Promised Land actress Rosemarie DeWitt “is the choice” to lead the supernatural redo.  Gil Kenan (Monster House) is directing from a script by David Lindsay-Abaire (Oz the Great and Powerful), and Sam Raimi is onboard to produce the film, which is based on Tobe Hooper’s classic 1982 horror film.  The remake is officially described as “a revisionist take” on Hooper’s film, that centers on “a family struggling to make ends meet that relocates to an outdated suburban home and is confronted by an angry spirit who kidnaps their youngest daughter and challenges them to band together to rescue her from the clutches of evil.”

Hit the jump for more, including yet another casting addition for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar.

DeWitt has been doing solid work for years, having appeared on United States of Tara and feature films like You Sister’s Sister, Nobody Walks, and The Watch.  It’s exciting to see that she may be leading a pic of her own, but she definitely has big shoes to fill following JoBeth Williams’ work in the original Poltergeist.  Filming on the remake is expected to begin this fall for a likely 2014 release in theaters, so expect to hear more casting very soon.

Additionally, Deadline reports that Topher Grace has entered negotiations to take on a supporting role in Christopher Nolan’s upcoming sci-fi film Interstellar.  The secretive project tells the story of “a heroic interstellar voyage to the furthest reaches of our scientific understanding,” and Nolan is directing from a script he and Jonathan Nolan wrote.  The crazy cast now includes Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, John Lithgow, Ellen Burstyn, Mackenzie Foy, and Timothee ChalametInterstellar opens in theaters on November 7, 2014.


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  • MCP

    Topher sure does look like Fry from Futurama. If they ever do a live version, which I doubt and hope they do not do, he would be spot on that’s for sure…

  • Please please please

    Topher Grace? I wonder if that part was meant for Cillian Murphy and there was a scheduling conflict. I hope Murphy jumps on board, because Nolan always gives great parts to him

    • please please

      Murphy NEEDS to be on this movie. PLEASE.

    • Alex Hajna

      Well Murphy is signed on for Ron Howard’s next movie AND the next Tron movie, both of which have set release dates for 2014. So scheduling conflicts are definitely plausible.


    This has got to be one of the most pointless remakes ever. James Wan basically remade Poltergeist with Insidious (plus movies like The Conjuring and the upcoming Insidious 2) and put his own spin on the story to make it fresh and his own, the idea that they’re remaking Poltergeist and are “revising” it (really?) and its being written by the writer of Oz TGAP (another INCREDIBLY unnecessary movie) is laughable.