The first major casting announcement for the reboot of the 1980s’ Stephen King adaptation has come in the form of Mr Zac Efron.

Blumhouse certainly is busy. As well as The Craft: Legacy trailer landing showcasing its reimagining of a beloved 1990s horror movie, it’s also announced casting for its remake of a cult 1980s Stephen King adaptation, Firestarter. Deadline is reporting that Zac Efron has been announced for the project, but as of yet no other casting is known.

Previously announced as director is Keith Thomas, whose debut feature, The Vigil, is in cinemas at the moment, marking an electrifying entrance into the horror genre. It’s certainly an interesting creative team so far, with Scott Teems – writer of Halloween Kills – working on 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 is enjoying something of a renaissance at the moment and Firestarter marks yet another project of his coming to fruition. More news on the progress of this one as we have it.

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