Actor Gillian Jacobs is the newest addition to the cast of Fear Street, the upcoming movie trilogy based on R.L. Stine’s teen horror book series of the same name.
Jacobs, best known for her role as Britta Perry on the comedy series Community, will be starring in multiple parts of the trilogy, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The first film is currently being shot in Georgia, and the next two will be shot back-to-back after it.
Leigh Janiak is directing the movie adaptation of Stine’s Fear Street, which took a more mature and dark approach to teen horror compared to the Goosebumps books. The 14-part Fear Street series might not be as well remembered as Goosebumps, but it's actually one of the best-selling YA book series of all-time.
The movies will have multiple connected storylines set in 1994, 1978 and 1666. In the 1994 storyline, which is set in the fictional town of Shadyside, Jacobs will be playing a maintenance worker at a summer camp, where a group of teenagers discovers the horrific events from the history of their hometown might not be random after all. Soon, the teenagers are at risk of becoming the next victims of these lurking horrors. It's possible Jacobs could also have other roles in the stories set in earlier time periods.
Stine himself first hinted at the possibility of a Fear Street movie in 2015, and Janiak and writer Kyle Killen were announced to be working on the trilogy in 2017. Stine has stated he's always wanted a scarier movie adaptation of his work. Now, his wish will probably come true, since Fear Street looks like it isn’t going to shy away from more violent horror compared to the comedically creepy Goosebumps movies, which were geared toward younger audiences.
Directed by Leigh Janiak, Fear Street stars Kiana Madeira, Olivia Welch, Benjamin Flores Jr., Ashley Zukerman, Fred Hechinger, Julia Rehwald, Jeremy Ford, and Sadie Sink. Based on the novels by R.L. Stine, the first movie hits theaters in 2020.