Posted on Wednesday, November 4th, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
While covering the American Film Market, Bloody Disgusting discovered the names of the three main cast members for director Oren Peli‘s Area 51, the filmmaker’s follow-up to the indie supernatural thriller viral sensation Paranormal Activity. Peli is not going Hollywood yet, and keeping it low-key, with three virtually unknown actors – Reid Warner, Darrin Bragg and Ben Rovner.
Aside from Warner’s one-episode small guest spots on The Unit and Eli Stone, the trio have been virtually unseen in both movies and television. It seems to me to be a smart move on many levels. First of all it allows Peli to keep the costs low — the estimated budget is around $5 million, which will probably go mostly toward effects. Second of all, not using any established or known actors allows Peli to play with the audience’s perceptions of real/cinema, as he did with Activity.