Italian actress Matilda Lutz has been cast as the female lead in F. Javier Gutierrez’s horror movie “Rings,” which serves as the next chapter in the popular “Ring” franchise, multiple individuals familiar with the Paramount project have told TheWrap.
Paramount and representatives for Lutz did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are producing the horror film, which will once again feature Samara and a deadly videotape, though “Rings” will feature a new cast; Naomi Watts, who starred in the original, will not appear.
Akiva Goldsman, David Loucka and Jacon Aaron Estes all had a hand in writing the script, which is based on the 1991 novel by Koji Suzuki.
The two “Ring” movies have grossed more than $400 million worldwide.
Lutz had a recurring role on the Italian comedy series “Fuoriclasse” and her feature credits include “The Fifth Wheel” and “Someone Beautiful.” She’s represented by Silver Lining Entertainment, TT Agency and Jackoway Tyerman.