Following the announcement last fall that Zac Efron will star in the new adaptation of Stephen King's Firestarter from Universal Pictures, Blumhouse Productions, and Weed Road Productions, it's now been revealed that Michael Greyeyes (Blood Quantum, Fear The Walking Dead) has joined the cast as Rainbird:

Michael Greyeyes (Wild Indian, Rutherford Falls, True Detective) has been cast as the character of ‘Rainbird’ in Firestarter, a relentless powerful man who has been pushed into a violent life.

Firestarter, adapted Stephen King’s classic sci-fi thriller novel, is from Universal Pictures, Blumhouse Productions and Weed Road Pictures.

Michael Greyeyes received rave reviews from critics for his gripping portrayal of “Makwa/Michael,” in Wild Indian, the feature debut by writer/director Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr, which premiered in competition at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. This Spring, he will star opposite Ed Helms in the new Peacock comedy Rutherford Falls, co-created and executive produced by Helms, Mike Schur (Parks and Recreation, The Good Place) and Sierra Teller Ornelas. The series is set in a small town in upstate New York and the Native American reservation it borders. Additionally, he will return for the second season of the Apple+ Original mystery drama series Home Before Dark, which was renewed for a second season before the first season aired.

As previously announced, Keith Thomas (The Vigil) will direct the film that is being adapted by writer Scott Teems (Halloween Kills, Rectify), who will also executive produce.

Jason Blum and Academy Award® winner Akiva Goldsman will produce. Martha De Laurentiis, who was an associate producer on the 1984 adaptation of Firestarter starring a young Drew Barrymore, will executive produce.

Logline: A young girl develops pyrokinetic abilities and is abducted by a secret government agency that wants to harness her powerful gift as a weapon.

Stephen King is a bestselling novelist who made his name in the horror and fantasy genres with books like “Carrie,” “The Shining,” and “IT.” His books have sold more than 350 million copies worldwide and have been adapted into numerous blockbuster films and television properties.

Greyeyes is represented by TalentWorks, The Artist Representation Company, Mills Kaplan Entertainment and Viewpoint.

[Photo Credit: Above photo of Michael Greyeyes by David Leyes.]

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