On the eve of principal photography, the cast has been announced for the Guillermo del Toro-produced adaptation of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. With that news comes the first plot details.
Michael Garza (Wayward Pines, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1), Austin Abrams (Brad’s Status, The Americans), Gabriel Rush (Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel), Austin Zajur (Fist Fight, Kidding) and Natalie Ganzhorn (Make it Pop, Wet Bum) have been cast in the film, directed by André Øvredal (The Autopsy of Jane Doe, Trollhunter). They join the previously announced Zoe Colletti.
“We spent months searching for and assembling the perfect group of actors to help us realize the most terrifying adaptation that we could conceive,” Øvredal said in a statement.
Based on the bestselling trilogy of books by Alvin Schwartz, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark follows a group of teens who must discover what's behind a series of horrific deaths plaguing their small town.
Published from 1981 to 1991, the Scary Stories series by Schwartz and illustrator Stephen Gammell scarred a generation of young readers with their tales of horror that draw heavily from folklore and urban legends. Del Toro has characterized the title as "a favorite book of youth."
A co-production of CBS Films and eOne, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark boasts a screenplay written by Del Toro and Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan. Filming begins this week.