Pet Sematary remake cast

The Pet Sematary remake is currently in production, and the Stephen King adaptation just added two children to the cast. These are the Creed kids: Ellie Creed, who, like most Stephen King children, possesses psychic abilities; and Gage Creed, a toddler who wakes up from a dirt nap extra cranky.

Entertainment Weekly has the scoop on some recent Pet Sematary casting. Ten-year-old Jeté Laurence will play Ellie Creed, “a sweet and sensitive young girl who adores her cat Winston Churchill, or ‘Church’ for short, and wins over the heart of the old-timer who lives next door (played by John Lithgow.)” And three-year-old twins Hugo Lavoie and Lucas Lavoie will play Gage, the toddler of the Creed Family. Laurence has appeared in the goofy thriller The Snowman, and also Marvel’s Jessica Jones.

The Creed family – headed by parents Dr. Louis Creed (Jason Clarke) and Rachel Creed (Amy Seimetz) – move to a house in Ludlow, Maine after Louis takes a job as a doctor at the local university. Unfortunately for everyone, the Creed house borders woodland that hides a cursed burial ground. Any corpse buried in the soil of said burial ground rises from the dead with a serious attitude problem.

If you’ve read Stephen King’s novel or watched the previous 1989 film adaptation, you know that bad things await the Creed family – especially their children. Spoilers follow. Like many Stephen King kid characters, Ellie possess some psychic abilities – she has several terrifying nightmares the predict the misfortune that will befall the Creeds. And Gage ends up getting run down in the road in front of the Creed house – an act that destroys Louis Creed’s sanity. He buries Gage in the cursed burial ground, only for the toddler to rise as a bloodthirsty zombie-like creature. In the 1989 film, Blaze Berdahl played Ellie, and Miko Hughes played Gage.

In addition to this casting news, Paramount released the film’s official synopsis:

Based on the seminal horror novel by Stephen King, Pet Sematary follows Dr. Louis Creed (Clarke), who, after relocating with his wife Rachel (Seimetz) and their two young children from Boston to rural Maine, discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near the family’s new home. When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his unusual neighbor, Jud Crandall (Lithgow), setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unfathomable evil with horrific consequences.

Pet Sematary is my favorite King novel, and while I’m a fan of the 1989 adaptation, I’m very excited for this new take on the material. Stephen King adaptations experienced a resurgence, primarily due to the blockbuster success of 2017’s It adaptation. Other King-related adaptations on the horizon include It Chapter 2 ; Hulu’s Castle RockDoctor Sleep, the sequel to The ShiningThe Long WalkThe Tommyknockers; a 10-hour miniseries adaptation of The StandThe Bone Church; Amazon’s Dark Tower series; Netflix’s In The Tall Grass; and The Gingerbread Girl.

Pet Sematary is helmed by Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch, who directed the disturbing indie horror film Starry EyesJeff Buhler wrote the script. Pet Sematary opens April 5, 2019.

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