Catch your first look at the upcoming Stephen King adaptation Firestarter – starring Zac Efron – ahead of its release in May. 

We’ve known for a while that another adaptation of Firestarter, the much-loved Stephen King novel, has been in the works. Just last month we learned that the film will be getting an R-rating in the US, and now we finally have a trailer to feast our eyes on.

Zac Efron leads the cast, which also features Michael Greyeyes, Sydney Lemmon and Ryan Kiera Armstrong. Efron’s involvement was announced way back in September of 2020, before filming took place last summer. Blumhouse and its boss Jason Blum are involved, along with Universal Pictures.

Helming the movie is Keith Thomas, whose debut film, The Vigil, marked a startling entrance into the horror genre. It’s certainly an interesting creative team so far, with Scott Teems – writer of Halloween Kills – having scripted the screenplay.

The plot of Firestarter revolves around a young girl with pyrokinetic abilities that she struggles to control. Her father tries to protect her as a shadowy government agency seeks to ensnare them both.

The original film starred Drew Barrymore and released in 1984. King’s work continues to enjoy something of a renaissance at the moment and Firestarter marks yet another project of his coming to fruition.

The movie has been slated for a May release date in the US and will be debuting both in cinemas but also on the Peacock streaming service. What that means for a UK release, we’ll have to wait and see, but there’ll likely be a theatrical release we’d bet. In the meantime, you can catch the trailer below.

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