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‘Poltergeist’ Remake Lands Female Lead in Rosemarie DeWitt

Sam Raimi is producing MGM's remake of Tobe Hooper's 1982 horror movie

Rosemarie DeWitt must've enjoyed watching her husband Ron Livingston get haunted in "The Conjuring," as she's in early talks to star in her own horror movie — MGM's "Poltergeist" remake, TheWrap has learned.

DeWitt, who just had a baby with Livingston back in April," is making a deal to play the matriarch of the Freeling family, who move into a new suburban home and becomes terrorized by ghosts.

Gil Kenan ("Monster House")  is directing the movie, which was written by David Lindsay-Abaire. The remake is expected to be more of a grounded, character-based thriller than Tobe Hooper's 1982 original.

DeWitt had been rumored for the role for the past month and an individual close to the actress told TheWrap they'd be surprised if she signed on. It's a testament to the quality of the script and the involvement of producer Sam Raimi that she agreed to star.

DeWitt, who just landed the female lead opposite Jeremy Renner in Focus' thriller "Kill the Messenger," will soon be seen in Lynn Shelton's Sundance comedy "Touchy Feely." She's coming off a busy 2012 in which she starred in Gus Van Sant's "Promised Land," Disney's "The Odd Life of Timothy Green," Fox's "The Watch" and the indie drama "Nobody Walks."

She's repped by CAA, Wishlab and attorney Melanie Cook.

The news was first reported by Deadline.

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