I realize I'm only setting myself up for soul-shattering disappointment, but I get a little more excited about Catherine Hardwicke's Red Riding Hood with each casting announcement.
The latest is Lukas Haas, who will play the priest in the Warner Bros. supernatural thriller about a medieval village tormented by a werewolf.
The script, by David Leslie Johnson (Orphan), originally had been touted as a "gothic-horror reimagining" of the classic fairy tale, which by itself sends up red flags. My sense of uneasiness wasn't eased by the Twilight-esque love triangle -- young woman is pledged to the son of a blacksmith but loves an orphaned woodcutter -- at the center of the film.
However, the cast is looking pretty solid. I'm not talking about Amanda Seyfried, Shiloh Fernandez and Max Irons, either; I don't even know who they are. No, I mean Julie Christie as Seyfried's knitting grandmother, Gary Oldman as as Father Solomon, the Witchfinder General tasked with finding and killing the werewolf, Michael Hogan as the mysterious Reeve, and now Haas as the priest.
Haas, who will be seen next month opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Inception, recently appeared in Death in Love and in two episodes of Entourage.
Red Riding Hood is produced under DiCaprio's Appian Way banner by DiCaprio, Jennifer Davisson Killoran, Michael Ireland and Alex Mace.