Sometimes casting news comes along that seems so perfect, you have to fact check twelve times before you believe it. Such is the case with the latest buzz from Leatherface, the upcoming prequel to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
According to an article posted on The Hollywood Reporter’s website here and confirmed on the producer’s Facebook page, Lili Taylor has been cast as the mother of the emergent Leatherface in the new film. She takes over the role from fellow indie film darling, Angela Bettis, who had to the leave the project due to a scheduling conflict.
Taylor is a high-caliber actress with a long and varied career from romantic comedies like to Mystic Pizza and Say Anything… to serious dramas like “Anne Frank: The Whole Story”. Genre fans will recognize her from work her work films like That Haunting and The Conjuring, as well as the Netflix original series “Hemlock Grove”. She joins previously announced Stephen Dorff, Sam Strike, and James Bloor in this new prequel.
Details are still somewhat scarce about the project, but what we know so far is that the action will surround a group of violent teens who escape from a mental institution and one of those teens will, by the circumstances of his experiences, emerge as the iconic Leatherface. It is being produced by the team of Christa Campbell, Lati Grobman, and Carl Mazzocone, who were behind 2013’s Texas Chainsaw 3D, a film that went back as a sequel to the original story and was filled with Easter eggs for fans of the series.
The new film is set for release in 2016.