For visionary Dan Gilroy, the Netflix horror film will only be his third directorial credit, with 2014's Nightcrawler (for which he earned an Oscar nod for Best Screenplay, ) serving as his behind-camera debut, followed by 2017 Denzel Washington vehicle Roman J. Israel, Esq. His script for monster movie reboot Kong: Skull Island further helped catapult the film to more than $500 million worldwide at the box office.
It will have to have a big cast, with Gilroy revealing previous year that it was to be a Robert Altman style sprawling ensemble. Variety has learned that the rest of the cast has now been announced prior to production.
As well the already revealed names of Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo, British actress Zawe Ashton, Stranger Things breakout Natalia Dyer, Tony Award nominee Tom Sturridge, Tony Award victor Daveed Diggs, Academy Award nominee Toni Collette, Academy Award nominee John Malkovich and Billy Magnussen have signed up for the upcoming horror-thriller. Gilroy's follow-up Roman Israel, Esq. starring Denzel Washington, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival (TIFF) last September but didn't connect either with critics or audiences, even though Denzel received an Oscar nomination for the role. It's got a Robert Altman-like large ensemble cast. There seems to be potential for some dark humor here, and a scathing satire on the politics and extreme personalities of the art world.
More as we get it. It will be interesting to see how much the movie will delve into the horror aspect, and how much it will take a more conventional tone versus something with a more twisted sense of humor.
Collette, who never puts in a bad performance in any of her projects stars in the Sundance Film Festival favourite Hereditary which has just been bought by A24 and is scheduled for a Summer 2018 release. Stay tuned to Screen Rant for further updates.