‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D’ Gets Its Cast

Gunnar Hansen — the original Leatherface — will appear in a cameo in John Luessenhop’s latest installment of the 37-year-old horror franchise

Last Updated: July 22, 2011 @ 12:18 PM

The cast of "Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D" is set and includes an old hand — Gunnar Hansen, the original Leatherface, will make a cameo appearance, Lionsgate announced Tuesday.

John Luessenhop ("Takers") is directing the next installment in the horror series, which debuted in 1974.

With Hansen looking on, "Chainsaw Massacre" has a new Leatherface. Dan Yeager, a 6-foot-6 inch newcomer, got the role after the director met him by chance.

The rest of the cast includes John Dugan, reprising his role as grandfather; Bill Moseley, as Choptop; Alexandra Daddario as the female lead, Heather Miller; Tania Raymonde as Heather's best friend; R&B singer Trey Songz as Heather's boyfriend, Ryan; Keram Malicki-Sanchez as Ryan's friend; Shaun Sipos as a hitchhiker; Thom Barry as Sheriff Hooper; Paul Rae as Mayor Burt Hartman; Scott Eastwood as a police officer who has a thing for Heather and Richard Riehle as a lawyer.

Producers Carl Mazzocone and Mark Burg (the Saw franchise), along with Lionsgate and Nu Image are collaborating on the film.

The movie begins production this week at Millennium Studios in Shreveport, La.