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as “a revisionist take” on Hooper’s film, that centers on “a family struggling to make ends meet that relocates to an outdated suburban home and is confronted by an angry spirit who kidnaps their youngest daughter and challenges them to band together to rescue her from the clutches of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 Chalamet. Interstellar opens in theaters on November 7, 2014.