Multiple Emmy-winning star of Ozark, arguably the breakout star from that series, Julia Garner has scored the co-lead role alongside Christopher Abbott for Leigh Whannell’s horror-thriller Wolf Man at Blumhouse Productions and Universal Pictures.

Whannell is said to be taking the same approach as his previous directorial effort in this space, 2020’s The Invisible Man. He will bring a classic Universal monster tale into the modern age. The project is being fast-tracked for an October 25th, 2024 release. just in time for Halloween.

Whannell was attached to direct several years ago. He existed when Ryan Gosling came on board and brought across his Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance. They both left the project and the studio circled back around to Whannell. I imagine he parlayed that re-engagement into a greater degree of creative control and more pay. Gosling will retain a producer credit because this is how Hollywood works, and why movies like Return Of The Jedi have still not made a profit.

Garner will play the mother of the family who are being terrorized by a lethal predator, with Abbott playing the father. The two actors previously worked together over a decade ago in Martha, Marcy, May, Marlene.

Whannell, Corbett Tuck, Lauren Schuker Blum, and Rebecca Angelo penned the script with Jason Blum producing.

Garner recently scored Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for her work in the mini-series Inventing Anna and starred in the psychological thriller film The Royal Hotel. She was signed on to play Madonna in a biopic, but that project was cancelled. She’ll be seen later this year in the thriller Apartment 7A from Paramount Pictures. Her star is definitely on the rise.

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