Back in May, horror fans woke up to the surprising news that Chris Rock was executive producing a new Saw movie, and with production now underway on the film, it's been revealed that Rock will also star alongside Samuel L. Jackson.
Multiple outlets, including The Hollywood Reporter, reveal that Rock and Jackson will star in the new Saw film, which is being directed by Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, Saw III, Saw IV) from a screenplay by Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg (the writers of 2017's Jigsaw, the most recent entry in the eight-film franchise of deadly traps).
According to THR, Rock is playing a "police detective investigating a series of grisly crimes," while Jackson portrays the father of Rock's character.
Also joining the cast is Max Minghella as William Schenk, the partner of Rock's character, and Marisol Nichols as Capt. Angie Garza, the boss of Rock's character.
Here's what Joe Drake, chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, had to say about the film's core cast (via THR):
"We think Samuel L. Jackson and Chris Rock along with Max Minghella and Marisol Nichols make this film completely special in the Saw canon and we can’t wait to unleash this unexpected and sinister new story on fans of this franchise. This is next level of Saw on full tilt."
Considered a "reimagining of the series," the new Saw film is slated for an October 23rd, 2020 release from Lionsgate.
Since the first Saw (directed by James Wan, written by Leigh Whannell, and based on their 2003 short film of the same name) was released in 2004, the franchise has spawned seven sequels and enjoyed box office longevity. Each film places people who have done morally questionable things in gruesome traps that often require immense sacrifices to escape, and it will be interesting to see the approach Rock and company take to the macabre material in the new film.
There's no word yet if Tobin Bell will return to reprise his role as John Kramer, but we'll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers updated as more details are announced. In the meantime, what are your thoughts on the casting for the new Saw film?