After fending off vampires, zombies and aliens in “The Kitchen Sink,” rising star Nicholas Braun may have met his match when it comes to evil entities, as he’s in negotiations for a key supporting role in MGM and Fox 2000’s “Poltergeist” reboot, multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap.
Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt are slated to star in the film, which Gil Kenan is directing from a script by David Lindsay-Abaire. Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert are producing via their Ghost House Pictures banner along with Roy Lee, while Nathan Kahane will executive produce. 20th Century Fox will handle marketing and worldwide distribution.
The “Poltergeist” reboot follows the Bowen family, whose youngest daughter is abducted by supernatural forces that trap her in the netherworld between life and death.
Jared Harris is nearing a deal to co-star as a larger-than-life TV personality who hosts a popular cable show about haunted houses. He’s recruited by his ex, a parapsychologist at a local university who investigates the supernatural events surrounding the Bowen girl’s disappearance.
Though it’s still early in the dealmaking process, Braun is being eyed to play one of her grad students who visually documents the investigation and quickly sheds his skepticism regarding what’s really going on inside the Bowen home.
Kyle Catlett, who plays James Purefoy’s son on “The Following,” has also been cast as the middle Bowen child.
In a recent interview with Hitfix, Rockwell confirmed his casting and noted that the new “Poltergeist” movie will be “different” than Tobe Hooper’s 1982 classic, which was co-written and produced by Steven Spielberg.
Braun is currently filming the lead role opposite Mackenzie Davis in Sony’s genre movie “The Kitchen Sink,” which wraps at the end of the month and will be released Oct. 24, 2014. His past credits include “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” “The Watch,” Kevin Smith’s “Red State” and Disney’s “Prom.”
Repped by WME and Jackoway Tyerman, Braun will soon be seen alongside Bryan Cranston and Miles Teller in a CBS Films’ comedy as well as in Lionsgate’s low-budget comedy “Gay Dude,” which stars Dakota Johnson. He’s also attached to star opposite Jane Levy in Chris McCoy’s comedy “Good Kids.”