Posted on Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 by Germain Lussier
Mad Men and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows star Jared Harris has just been cast in Gil Kenan‘s upcoming remake of Poltergeist. That piece of information has two deeper layers of meaning. First, it’s a good week to be Jared Harris. The actor was also just cast in Guy Ritchie’s The Man of U.N.C.L.E. Second, Harris is playing the host of a fictional TV show called Haunted House Cleaners, which shows a pretty major deviation from Tobe Hooper’s original film.
Nicholas Braun, who appeared in Red State, is also in talks to join the film along with co-star of The Following, Kyle Catlett. Rosemarie DeWitt and Sam Rockwell will star.
Deadline broke the news of Harris’ casting and describes the role as follows:
Harris will play Carrigan, a larger than life TV personality who left the world of academia behind to become the star host of basic cable TV show Haunted House Cleaners.
Obviously, that’s not a role from the original film. It does, however, sound a little like Zelda Rubinstein’s role in the series, that of a spiritual cleaner. If Harris’ role is indeed similar, it’s a pretty good indication of how David Lindsay-Abaire‘s script has “reimagined” the original film. With a male reality TV show host instead of a quirky, interesting female medium.
Then again, maybe Harris doesn’t fill that role in the film and plays something a bit less obvious and subversive. We’ll have to wait and see. It is a lead though.
The Wrap broke the news of Braun joining the film. He’ll be playing a grad student of a local parapsychologist who recruits the Harris character. Catlett is the middle child of the family whose little girl gets abducted.
Poltergeist goes into production this Fall aimed at a likely 2014 release. Rosemarie DeWitt plays the mother of the family haunted by the titular presence and Sam Rockwell will play her husband. Sam Raimi is among the producers.Cool Posts From Around the Web: