With their sinister smiles and dead-eyed stares, inanimate dolls are creepy, but they're even more unsettling when brought to unnatural life. Filmmakers have long tapped into the scary potential of dolls, as evidenced by Child's Play, Dolls, Annabelle, and many more. Now William Brent Bell is stepping into the sub-genre with The Boy, and The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan is set to star.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lauren Cohan (Maggie Greene on AMC's The Walking Dead) is taking on the lead role in The Boy, a horror-thriller that "centers on a nanny (Cohan) who is tasked with overseeing a lifelike doll by a bizarre couple who treat it as a real child. The couple use the doll as way to cope with the death of their young son, but the nanny becomes increasingly convinced that it is alive."

A project from Lakeshore Entertainment and Vertigo Entertainment, The Boy is slated to begin filming in March, with William Brent Bell (The Devil Inside, Stay Alive) working off a screenplay by Stacey Menear. The Boy will mark the first feature film lead role for Cohan, who's co-starred in Death Race 2, Float, and more. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for further updates.

Source: THR
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    Raised on a steady diet of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books and Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Derek has been fascinated with fear since he first saw ForeverWare being used on an episode of Eerie, Indiana.

    When he’s not writing about horror as the Senior News Reporter for Daily Dead, Derek can be found daydreaming about the Santa Carla Boardwalk from The Lost Boys or reading Stephen King and Brian Keene novels.