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Having spent four seasons so far in the midst of the vampire
world of HBO’s TRUE BLOOD, actor Stephen Moyer is going to the (Jersey) Devil.
He’ll star in THE BARRENS, to be directed by Darren Lynn Bousman.
Variety reports that Moyer will play
a man who takes his family on a camping trip to the New Jersey Pine Barrens,
the expansive wooded region reputed to be home to the legendary Devil, and
comes to believe they’re being stalked by the creature. The Genre Company,
which also backed Bousman’s upcoming remake of MOTHER’S DAY, is producing, with
Anchor Bay set to release the film next fall. Bousman also scripted, and he’ll
produce with John Eckert and Genre Company’s Richard Saperstein and Brian
Witten. The filmmaker tells the trade that he wants to take the Devil myth,
which has been the subject of numerous low-budget flicks in the past, “another
step further. I don’t want to turn it into a cheesy creature feature. It’s
about the characters for me, and having watched Stephen for years on TRUE
BLOOD, I have no doubt he’s the right leading man.”
THE BARRENS will shoot in Toronto instead of Jersey, with
production scheduled to begin later this month. Moyer’s genre credits also include
PRIEST, a brief turn in OPEN HOUSE (opposite his wife and TRUE BLOOD co-star
Anna Paquin) and the recently theatrically released THE CALLER, which has DVD
and digital debut October 4, and which he discussed with us here.
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