The classic horror series Hellraiser casts a female Pinhead for its upcoming return, as production on the film completes.

The producers behind the upcoming Hellraiser remake have spoken about the film being a ‘loyal, yet evolved reimagining’. And as the film wraps production, with a scheduled release date of 2022, we have our first inkling of what that evolution may look like. The casting of the series’ iconic antagonist, Pinhead, has been announced, and for the first time in the series, the character will be portrayed by a woman.

Jamie Clayton of The L Word will take on the role of Pinhead, leader of the Cenobites. Along with Clayton in the lead, the horror film will also star 13 Reasons Why’s Brandon Flynn, The Boys’ Goran Visnjic, Outer Banks’ Drew Starkey and  Everything’s Gonna Be Okay’s Adam Faison among others.

The reboot, which comes to us courtesy of Spyglass Entertainment, is set for a release on the Hulu streaming service in the US, with no word as yet to what the release strategy might be here in the UK.

David S Goyer has devised the story though, with The Night House’s David Bruckner directing. That film certainly showed some real potential for thrills, although they were more of a supernatural drift. What Bruckner can do with a more visceral style of horror, we’l have to see when the film releases next year.

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