Cailee Spaeny, an actress known for “Vice” and “On the Basis of Sex,” is in negotiations to star as one of the young witches in the remake of “The Craft,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.
Zoe Lister-Jones is writing and directing an updated take on the supernatural witches story “The Craft” from 1996 that became a teen cult hit. The story centers on a teenage girl and high school outcast who falls in with three other girls who practice witchcraft. As they cast spells and curses on those they dislike, they soon face the consequences of those actions.
Columbia Pictures and Blumhouse are co-financing the film, and Blumhouse’s Jason Blum is producing alongside Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher for Red Wagon Entertainment. Red Wagon’s Andrew Fleming and Lucas Wiesendanger are executive producing.
The original 1996 film paved the way for a wave of supernatural-themed TV shows and films centered on female characters. Robin Tunney, Neve Campbell, Rachel True, Fairuza Balk, Christine Taylor and Skeet Ulrich, all starred in the original film directed by Andrew Fleming.
Spaeny played the young Jane Ginsburg in the Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic “On the Basis of Sex,” and she’s also known for roles in “Vice,” “Pacific Rim” and “Bad Times at the El Royale.”
Spaeny is repped by WME, Identity Agency Group in the UK, and Hansen Jacobson.
THR first reported the news of Spaeny’s casting.
All 44 Stephen King Movies, Ranked Worst to Best (Photos)
Where does ”Doctor Sleep“ place among the many big-screen adaptations of the horror master’s work?
Stephen King isn't just an author by this point: He's an institution, a legacy of classic horror stories that capture our imaginations, fuel our nightmares, and speak -- when he's at his best -- to our shared experiences as flawed, emotional beings. The best King stories scare so many of us that we all feel connected, and even the worst are usually pretty fun.
King's books and short stories quickly became hit movies, many of them celebrated in their time, and some flopped so hard that hardly anybody remembers them. Cataloguing every adaptation might be a fool's errand, so we made some tough choices and decided to focus only on his theatrical releases.
And even then, there are so many King adaptations that it gets tricky. The sequels to King's work rarely have anything to do with the source material, so they're all disqualified (even though some, like Larry Cohen's prescient anti-fascist monster drama "A Return to Salem's Lot," are genuinely interesting). We also cut King some slack and removed "The Lawnmower Man" from our watch list, since he fought to have his own name removed from the film and won.
(There are also some adaptations that are simply difficult to find in America, like the Indian adaptions of "Misery" and "Quitter's, Inc." -- "Julie Ganapathi" and "No Smoking" -- but we tried. We promise we tried.)
Even with all those caveats we felt one particular film deserved a quasi-official, honorable mention. Before we rank into every theatrically-released Stephen King adaptation let's give out one honorable mention...