Just about two weeks ago, we reported that Rosemarie DeWitt (Cinderella Man) was in talks to lead MGM and Fox 2000’s Poltergeist reboot. Now, it looks like Sam Rockwell (Moon) is in early talks to star opposite DeWitt. Officially described as “a revisionist take” on Tobe Hooper’s 1982 original film, it centers on the Bowens, “a family struggling to make ends meet that relocates to an outdated suburban home and is confronted by an angry spirit who kidnaps their youngest daughter Madison and challenges them to band together to rescue her from the clutches of evil.” Produced by Sam Raimi (Spider-Man) and directed by Gil Kenan (Monster House), the Poltergeist reboot was scripted by David Lindsay-Abaire (Oz the Great and Powerful) and is likely due out sometime next year. Hit the jump for more.
The Wrap reports that Rockwell is the top choice for the male lead of the Poltergeist remake. Reportedly intrigued by the prospect of fronting a Raimi-influenced horror picture, Rockwell is also considering other offers at this time and no official confirmation has been handed down.
In other casting news, Deadline has Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now) signing on for Whiplash, a feature-length version of a Sundance award-winning short by the same name. Writer-director Damien Chazelle will direct the full-length version that plans to start shooting this September. Whiplash, described as “Full Metal Jacket at Julliard” stars J.K. Simmons as a fierce jazz orchestra instructor who takes out his frustrations on a young drummer (Teller), who in turn “begins to lose his humanity in his quest to become the core skins pounder of the top jazz orchestra in the country.”
Also from Deadline is news that Mireille Enos (The Killing) is in talks to join MGM’s If I Stay. Starring Chloë Grace Moretz as a teenager in a coma after a devastating car accident, If I Stay is an adaptation of the Gayle Forman novel for director RJ Cutler. Enos will play “‘Kat,’ the girl’s free-spirited mother who is fiercely passionate about her family and rock.”