Rachel McAdams May Take on Horror with THE ORPHANAGE and WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE

     March 22, 2010

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There is a rumor floating around that, if true, will ultimately allow Rachel McAdams to add “scream queen” to her rapidly growing resume.  Although she may have dabbled in the genre with 2005’s Red Eye, McAdams is rumored to be attached to two projects that should allow her to officially cross “horror” off her to do list.

One is a co-starring role alongside Michael Douglas (who is also producing) and possibly, Saoirse Ronan, (The Lovely Bones) in an adaptation of the 1962 Shirley Jackson novel, We Have Always Lived in the Castle – the story of two young girls and their ailing uncle forced to live in an isolated estate after the rest of their family is poisoned.

The other is the starring role in the American remake of the Guillermo del Toro produced Spanish-language film, El Orfanato (The Orphanage). Don’t worry, you’re not alone if you shuddered after seeing the word: remake.  You can check out the trailer and the synopsis for the original El Orfanato from 2007 after the jump.  [Pajiba]

Here’s the official synopsis for El Orfanto (The Orphanage):

Laura spent the happiest years of her childhood growing up in an orphanage by the seaside, cared for by the staff and fellow orphans whom she loved as brothers and sisters. Now, thirty years later, she returns with her husband Carlos and Simon, their 7-year-old son, with a dream of restoring and reopening the long-abandoned orphanage as a home for disabled children. The new home and mysterious surroundings awaken Simon’s imagination, and the boy starts to spin a web of fantastic tales and not-so-innocent games… a troubling web that begins to disturb Laura, drawing her into the child’s strange universe which resonates with echoes of long-forgotten, deeply unsettling memories of her own childhood. As the opening day draws near, tension builds within the family. Carlos remains sceptical, believing that Simon is making everything up in a desperate bid for attention. But Laura slowly becomes convinced that something long-hidden and terrible is lurking in the old house, something waiting to emerge and inflict appalling damage on her family.

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