Welcome to another horror news round-up! This time around we have an update on the growing cast of Hannibal Season 3 and details on when you can expect to see Salem Season 2 on the small screen and the buzzed-about It Follows on the big screen.
TVLine reports that Glenn Fleshler (True Detective) will play Cordell Doemling, yet another familiar name to fans of Thomas Harris' books and the Hannibal Lecter movies. For those unfamiliar, Cordell Doemling is the verbally abused medical aid to the wealthy, wicked, and mutilated Mason Verger, who will now be played on the TV series by Joe Anderson in place of Michael Pitt. In the 2001 film, Hannibal, Doemling was played by Željko Ivanek.
In other, previously announced Hannibal Season 3 casting news, it was recently revealed that Rutina Wesley, whom True Blood fans know as Tara Mae Thornton, will play the recurring role of Reba McClane, a blind woman who becomes the romantic interest of Francis Dolarhyde, aka The Tooth Fairy serial killer, who in turn will be played by Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit films). Reba McClane is a key character in Thomas Harris’ 1981 novel, Red Dragon, and was previously played by Joan Allen in 1986’s Manhunter and Emily Watson in 2002’s Red Dragon.
Tony Award-winning actress Nina Arianda (Broadway’s Venus in Fur, Rob the Mob, Midnight in Paris) will play the recurring character of Molly. Readers of Red Dragon and viewers of the identically titled film, as well as Manhunter, will recognize Molly as Will Graham’s wife (previously played by Kim Greist in Manhunter and Mary-Louise Parker in Red Dragon).
Season 3 of Hannibal premieres on NBC this summer and will feature Gillian Anderson as a series regular in the role of Dr. Bedelia du Maurier, Hugh Dancy as Will Graham, and, of course, Mads Mikkelsen as Dr. Hannibal Lecter, along with many more names both old and new.
In case you missed it, check out Jemma’s Season 3 preview interview with the cast and producers of Hannibal:
If Salem’s debut season put a spell on you, get ready to mark your calendar, as WGN America has revealed that the show's upcoming sophomore season will debut on Sunday, April 5th:
Press Release (via PRNewswire) – "LOS ANGELES, Jan. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- WGN America has set the premiere date for the highly anticipated second season of its hit supernatural thriller "Salem," which will make its return on Sunday, April 5 at 10:00 p.m. ET/ 9:00 p.m. CT. The network also released the first-look photo from the new season of "Salem," currently in production in Shreveport, LA for its 13-episode sophomore run, featuring recurring guest stars Lucy Lawless ("Xena: Warrior Princess," "Spartacus") and Stuart Townsend ("Betrayal," "The League of Extraordinary Gentleman").
From creators and writers Brannon Braga ("Cosmos," "24") and Adam Simon ("The Haunting in Connecticut"), "Salem" season two opens at the dawn of the witch war set into motion at the end of season one, with its catalyst and Salem's deadliest witch, Mary Sibley (Janet Montgomery, "Made in Jersey," "Human Target") at the center of the mayhem as she faces off against new and old adversaries vying for her throne. In the wake of the destruction caused by the Grand Rite, completed by Mary and inadvertently triggered by Isaac Walton (Iddo Goldberg, "Mob City") in the season one finale, the fates of Captain John Alden (Shane West, "Nikita," "ER"), Cotton Mather (Seth Gabel, "Arrow," "Fringe"), Tituba (Ashley Madekwe, "Revenge"), Anne Hale (Tamzin Merchant, "Jane Eyre"), Mercy Lewis (Elise Eberle, "The Astronaut Farmer") and Isaac hang in the balance.
New to the embattled 17th-century village for the second season of "Salem" are Lucy Lawless as Countess Marburg, one of the last descendants of a legendary line of ancient German witches; Stuart Townsend as Samuel Wainwright, a mysterious doctor looking to uncover the secrets of Salem as he keeps a few of his own; Joe Doyle ("Raw") as Baron Sebastian Marburg, the charming and cultured son of the Countess; and Oliver Bell ("The Saint") as Mary's long-lost son, who was revealed in the season one finale to have been secretly kept alive all along by her coven.
"Salem," called "perversely entertaining" by The New York Times and "a sexy good time" by The Hollywood Reporter, is a bold re-imagination of the infamous 17th century witch trials in colonial Massachusetts.
"Salem" is executive produced by Brannon Braga, Adam Simon, Kelly Souders, Brian Peterson and Prospect Park's Josh Barry and Jeff Kwatinez. Nick Copus directs and serves as co-executive producer. The series is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios.
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Follow the "SALEM" Cast on Twitter:
Janet Montgomery: @jayrmonty
Shane West: @ShaneWest
Ashley Madekwe: @smashleybell
Tamzin Merchant: @tamzinmerchant
Elise Eberle: @eliseeberle
Iddo Goldberg: @IddoG
Lucy Lawless: @reallucylawless
Stuart Townsend: @stu_townsend
Joe Doyle: @royal_doyle
Brannon Braga: @BrannonBraga
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Teaser via IGN:
It Follows was initially planned to hit theaters on March 27th, but writer/director David Robert Mitchell revealed on Twitter that his second feature film will now be released in the US on March 13th, adding some much-needed horror to the second of three Friday the 13ths we'll see in 2015.
It Follows stars Maika Monroe (Labor Day), Keir Gilchrist (It’s Kind of a Funny Story), Daniel Zovatto (Beneath), Olivia Luccardi (Girls), Jake Weary (Zombeavers), and Lili Sepe (Spork).
“For 19-year-old Jay (Monroe), the fall should be about school, boys and weekends at the lake. Yet, after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter she suddenly finds herself plagued by nightmarish visions; she can’t shake the sensation that someone, or something, is following her. As the threat closes in, Jay and her friends must somehow escape the horrors that are only a few steps behind.”
Trailer via JoBlo: