Samara now has one more reason to emerge from her well. Another lead role has been cast for Rings, the sequel to the 2002 remake, The Ring, adding one more potential victim of the cursed tape to the film's ranks.

Deadline reports that Alex Roe (The 5th Wave, Sniper: Legacy) has been cast as the male lead opposite Matilda Lutz in director F. Javier Gutiérrez's Rings. Roe will play "the boyfriend to Lutz’s character", who "becomes distant from her after watching the tape."

Rings, scheduled to come out in 3D, will explore the origin story of Samara. At this time, it's unclear how much of the story will incorporate the insights gained about Samara's past in The Ring and The Ring Two, and with the unveiling of Roe's character description, it sounds like the cursed tape will already be in existence at some point in the film, so perhaps Samara's past will once again be shown via visions and flashbacks.

Rings is scripted by Akiva Goldsman, David Loucka and Jacon Aaron Estes and, like The Ring and 1998's Ringu (the original Japanese film), it is based on Kôji Suzuki's 1991 horror novel, Ring. Gutiérrez (who was at one point attached to helm The Crow reboot), directs Rings, with Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald producing the project. Rings is slated for a 3D theatrical release on November 13th, 2015 (a calendar slot formerly occupied by the new Friday the 13th movie).

Matilda Lutz, who currently co-stars in the Italian TV series, Fuoriclasse, and also had roles in The Fifth Wheel and Somewhere Beautiful, also stars in Rings.

In case you missed them, check out Gutiérrez's Rings pre-production photos:

Alex Roe:

Source: Deadline
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