Following the report back in March that Blumhouse and Columbia Pictures had found a writer and director for their reboot of The Craft, the first potential co-star has now been revealed.
According to multiple sources, including The Hollywood Reporter, Cailee Spaeny (Bad Times at the El Royale, Pacific Rim: Uprising) is "in negotiations" to star in The Craft reboot, which will follow "Hannah, a high school outcast who falls into a friendship with three other young women and begins experimenting with witchcraft. They unleash a power that at first seems to solve problems in their lives but slowly consumes them with unforeseen costs."
Zoe Lister-Jones (director and co-star of Band Aid and known for her acting work in New Girl and Life in Pieces) will write and direct The Craft reboot for Blumhouse and Columbia Pictures.
Jason Blum of Blumhouse and Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher of Red Wagon Entertainment will produce The Craft reboot, with the original film's director and co-writer, Andrew Fleming, on board as an executive producer along with Red Wagon Entertainment's Lucas Wiesendanger.
Back in 2017, Daniel Casey was brought in to do rewrites on the new Craft movie, which was described as more of a "twenty years later" story than a full-on remake by producer Daniel Wick (who also produced the 1996 film).
With Lister-Jones now on board to write and direct The Craft reboot, it's uncertain if elements from the previous drafts will be incorporated into the new story, but we'll keep Daily Dead readers updated as more details are revealed.
For those unfamiliar with The Craft, which starred Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, and Rachel True, we have the film's official synopsis (via Blu-ray.com) and trailer below, and be sure to check out Heather Wixson's insightful retrospective on The Craft that includes interviews with the cast and crew.
For Sarah, moving to Los Angeles is just another chance to be an outsider. She is all alone among the tightly-knit student body of St. Benedict's Academy... until she meets three young women who also have found themselves banished to the outermost reaches of high school's inevitable pecking order. Nancy, Bonnie and Rochelle will never fit in with the "in" crowd. They barely fit in with each other. But together with Sarah, their outer and inner lives are about to change in ways they never suspected. They are about to learn that being an outsider has its own kind of power. They are about to learn "The Craft."