An official trailer for Hideo Nakata’s follow-up to Ring has been released. The film, Sadako, looks to update the premise of the original Japanese horror movie. That update entails a focus on social media and YouTube video creation, but don’t worry -- there’s still a creepy girl in a well.
The film marks the director’s return to the franchise after helming both Ring and Ring 2, which shouldn’t be confused with their American remakes The Ring and The Ring Two. The release of Sadako, which is already in theaters in Japan, marks 21 years since the original Ring was released. Nakata’s last Ring movie, Ring 2, was released in 1999.
Sadako follows Mayu Akigawa (Elaiza Ikeda), who becomes embroiled in a scandal alongside Yusuke Ishida (Takashi Tsukamoto). Meanwhile, Mayu’s younger brother, Kazuma Akigawa (Hiroya Shimizu), is looking to reawaken Sadako, a powerful, young psychic who was thrown down a well and murdered before the events of Ring, causing her to materialize a cursed video tape that kills anyone who watches it.
Sadako is directed by Hideo Nakata and written by Noriaki Sugihara. The cast includes Himeka Himejima, Elaiza Ikeda, Ren Kiriyama, Hiroya Shimizu, Rie Tomosaka and Takashi Tsukamoto. The film was released on May 24 in Japan. A United States release date has yet to be confirmed.