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Casting Round-up: “31”, “THE CROW”, “AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL”

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With the perpetually spinning wheel of horror turning day by day, people are boarding projects left and right, feeding to the hype machine and building anticipation in their own special way. And while FANGORIA could flood your feeds with every single addition on every single day, we would rather value your time and compact the last day’s major casting announcements into one lump report to catch you all up to speed.

Our first major casting announcement is in regards to Rob Zombie’s 31, which has been adding cast members on a near-daily basis with filming commencing shortly, and comes in the form of esteemed character actor Richard Brake. While genre fans may know Brake best for his work in OUTPOST, DOOM, HANNIBAL RISING and Zombie’s HALLOWEEN II, Brake is best known to our STARLOG fanbase as Joe Chill, the killer of Thomas and Martha Wayne, in Christopher Nolan’s BATMAN BEGINS, and has joined to play the brutal clown killer Doom-Head. Brake joins the likes of Malcolm McDowell, E.G. Daily, Daniel Roebuck, Torsten Voges, David Ury, Judy Geeson and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs; expect more casting announcements on 31 as the clock keeps ticking.

Next up is an update on the remake of THE CROW, with a confirmation on our previous report that Jack Huston will indeed be filling the shoes of Eric Draven, and his tragedy-bound lover has been cast as well with Jessica Brown Findlay filling her shoes. Findlay, a vet of DOWNTON ABBEY and BLACK MIRROR, joins the production and is expected to be a bigger part of the picture this time around than the character’s minuscule appearance in Alex Proyas’ film. Findlay will also hopefully be more well known by the time the film hits, as she will also fill the female lead in the upcoming VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN, directed by Paul McGuigan and written by MASTERS OF HORROR vet Max Landis.

Lastly, we have some casting news from AMERICAN HORROR STORY’s fifth outing, as FREAK SHOW Guest Star Matt Bomer and actor Cheyenne Jackson have joined as regulars for AHS: HOTEL. Bomer and Jackson join Lady Gaga, who was the inaugural announcement of the anthology’s next season, while the rest of the cast and plot remains merely speculative. One star who will not return, however, will be Jessica Lange; the star’s recent comments have the air of finality behind them, making it less likely that Lange will even appear as a cameo in HOTEL, although anything is possible in Ryan Murphy’s fever dream scare series.

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Ken W. Hanley
Ken W. Hanley is the Managing Web Editor for FANGORIA and STARLOG, as well as the former Web Editor for Diabolique Magazine and a contributing writer to YouWonCannes.com. He’s a graduate from Montclair State University, where he received an award for Excellence in Screenwriting. He’s currently working on screenplays, his debut novel "THE I IN EVIL", and various other projects, and can be followed on Twitter: @movieguyiguess.
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