Former “Doctor Who” star David Tennant and rising young these Christopher Mintz-Plasse (“Superbad,” “Kick-Ass”) have joined the cast of the “Fright Night” remake for Dreamworks Pictures says Reuters.
The original 1985 cult film followed Charley Brewster (William Ragsdale), a young man who is convinced his new neighbor Jerry Dandrige (Chris Sarandon) is a vampire and seeks the help of his girlfriend (Amanda Bearse), his nerdy and condescending friend Evil Ed (Stephen Geoffreys) and ageing horror actor turned late night TV host Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall) to help him.
The new film, scripted by Marti Noxon and directed by Craig Gillespie, moves the action to Las Vegas. Tennant will take on the Peter Vincent role which has been reimagined as a Las Vegas magician and self-proclaimed vampire expert whose show revolves around horror-movie imagery. When Charley (Anton Yelchin) tries to enlist his help however, he’s less than helpful.
Mintz-Plasse will play the Evil Ed role, the nerdy friend who ends up joining Dandrige (Colin Farrell). Toni Collette has already been cast as the teen’s disbelieving mom who falls under the vampire’s spell. That character essentially takes over the plot threads of Charley’s girlfriend in the original.
Filming kicks off in July.