James McAvoy is set to star in M. Night Shyamalan’s follow-up to the surprise hit “The Visit.”
According to Variety, the “X-Men” actor was cast after a deal couldn’t be made with Joaquin Phoenix, who appeared in Shyamalan’s 2002 sci-fi thriller “Signs.”
The mystery project will reunite the filmmaker with Blumhouse Productions, which produced “The Visit” for $5 million; it’s grossed $67.4 million worldwide. Production is set to begin next month in Philadelphia.
McAvoy will next be seen starring opposite Daniel Radcliffe in “Victor Frankenstein,” followed in May by “X-Men: Apocalypse.”
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