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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!