A couple of young TV vets are joining the cast of the promising Lionsgate horror thriller Reawakening. Written by Jeremy Slater (Fantastic Four reboot) and Luke Dawson (Shutter), the film stars Mark Duplass and Olivia Wilde and follows a team of research students who discover the secret to bringing subjects back from the dead. Naturally, their actions result in a series of sinister consequences. The Wrap now reports that Community’s Donald Glover and American Horror Story’s Evan Peters have joined the ensemble as part of the research team in question. David Gelb (Jiro Dreams of Sushi) is directing, with low-budger horror uber producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, Sinister, Insidious) producing through his Blumhouse banner.
Peters recently landed the role of the mutant Quicksilver in director Bryan Singer’s sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Glover will be seen later this year in the anticipated sex comedy The To-Do List before reporting back to the Community set for what’s likely to be the NBC sitcom’s final season. However, creator Dan Harmon recently agreed to return to Community as showrunner, so the show will undoubtedly go out with a bang.
The Cannes Film Festival, like most major film festivals, is where studios deal behind the scenes to acquire films, although Cannes has the added touch of also packaging movies (which is why we’ve seen so many casting stories) and selling existing properties to foreign buyers. Lionsgate managed to sell nine of their movies, and their press release contains brief synopses for each of the films. Some confirm what we already know, some provide new information, and some are Step Up 5 (“Fifth installment of Summit Entertainment’s successful STEP UP franchise”).
Hit the jump for the synopses as well as the cast and above-the-line crew.
Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass are set to team up for a new thriller set within the world of medicine. Variety reports that Wilde and Duplass will lead Lionsgate’s Reawakening, which “follows a team of research students that discovers the secret to bringing subjects back from the dead—however, their actions result in a series of sinister consequences.” So it’s kind of like a horror film version of Flatliners with more dead people. Jiro Dreams of Sushi director David Gelb will be taking the helm, with Luke Dawson and Jeremy Slater handling scripting duties.
Horror guru Jason Blum—who is behind the Paranormal Activity series, Sinister, and a number of other spooktacular films from the past few years—will produce the pic through his Blumhouse banner. The incredibly busy Duplass recently committed to starring in an HBO comedy pilot that he and his brother Jay Duplass created, and Wilde will be seen later this year in Ron Howard’s F1 racing drama Rush.