'Pet Sematary' (1989) - Paramount Pictures

EW reports John Lithgow (Dexter, Cliffhanger) is set to star as the neighborly Jud Crandall in the new Stephen King adaptation of Pet Sematary! He will be playing opposite Jason Clarke (Terminator: Genisys, Zero Dark Thirty), who scored the role as the good doctor Louis Creed. Fred Gwynne previously played the role as the kindly old man in the 1989 film, and his memorable character was a standout of the film.

In the novel, Creed’s family moves in to the house across a  treacherous Maine country road from Crandall. They become good friends, but Crandall knows about a dark secret hidden deep in the woods on a path near Creed’s house. A secret that makes Crandall realize “sometimes, dead is better.”

Lithgow is one exciting casting choice for the new film. His filmography shows his range to play cunning villains and lovable characters. The latter is something required to play a salt of the Earth man like Jud Crandall. The book is a gut-wrenching piece about the lengths someone will go to keep from losing a loved one, and the story needs actors like Lithgow who can convey the conflict and drama.

Starry Eyes writer/directors Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch will helm the project, which is set to start shooting this summer. Pet Sematary is scheduled to release April 19, 2019.

What do you think of John Lithgow playing the part of Jud Crandall? Are you excited for Stephen King’s Pet Sematary readaptation? Also, be sure to check out the Pet Sematary audiobook narrated by Lithgow’s former Dexter costar Michael C. Hall!

iHorror at Sundance - Interview with Dan Myrick

iHorror at Sundance - Interview with Dan Myrick

At this year's Sundance Film Festival we had the opportunity to talk with The Blair Witch Project co-writer/director Dan Myrick. We talk to him about the 20th year anniversary of Blair as well as his upcoming movie Skyman and it's mixing of genres.

Posted by iHorror on Thursday, February 21, 2019

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