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Some Inspired Fright Night Casting: McLovin and Dr. Who Join the Fray

You know, the more we hear about the upcoming Fright Night remake, the less we’re starting to mind it. If only because it’s not seeming to try to out-vamp the Tom Holland classic. Giving it a Vegas setting and introducing some really out there casting choices have done a lot to further along our hopes that it’ll all turn out okay, but today’s casting news has officially piqued our interest.

According to The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision Blog David Tennant, best known for starring in the BBC series “Doctor Who,” and Christopher Mintz-Plasse (KickAss, Super Bad) have joined the cast of Craig Gillespie’s Fright Night remake for DreamWorks.

Tennant will play Peter Vincent, a character who in the original movie was played by Roddy McDowall as the host of a late-night horror show. In the remake he’s a Las Vegas magician whose show revolves around horror-movie imagery. Vincent claims to be a vampire expert, but when the teen turns to him for assistance, he’s less than helpful.

Mintz-Plasse is playing Evil Ed, [Charlie Brewster’s] best friend who feels slighted that Charlie has left his nerdy past behind and thus joins the vampire’s coven.

The new version sticks to the original concept of a teen named Charlie Brewster (Anton Yelchin) who is convinced that his new neighbor is a vampire, though no one will believe him.

Colin Farrell has the plum role of the vampire, named Jerry, who on the surface appears to be a cool guy but is really preying on the neighborhood. Toni Collette is Charlie’s mom, who at first disapproves of the new arrival but changes her attitude when she meets the magnetic man and — surprise — doesn’t believe her son when he tries to tell her Jerry is a vampire.

Look for more soon!

Some Inspired Fright Night Casting: McLovin and Dr. Who Join the Fray

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  • Elf

    So, who’s going to play Charlie’s girlfriend then?

  • DavidFullam

    David Tennant is a grad slam home run. But that kid as Evil Ed?

  • Tshoffie

    Damn on one hand i like David Tennent but you have to be Mcfucking kidding about Evil Ed

  • Terminal

    Bwahaha, man they’re really laying it on thick for what will assuredly be a lame ass remake. I can only imagine this version of Evil Ed will turn in to a vampire and manage to redeem himself by helping in the downfall of Peter Vincent in the climax.

    God forbid bad guys should be just bad guys.
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    “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

  • LifeMi

    I’m actually getting interested in this. When it comes to remakes, I’m of the opinion that it will only work if you can improve on the original or do something fresh with the material. From what we’ve seen thus far, it looks like this remake is going to take a fresh approach so I’m going to keep an open mind on this one.

    • Terminal

      Just curious but how is casting different actors a fresh approach?
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      “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

      • LifeMi

        Because thus far, the casting has been out of left field. I’m just as sick and tired of remakes as you are, so the fact that I’m actually getting interested in this one says a lot. Yes, it might turn out to be a piece of shit but at the very least I’ve seen enough to give me hope that it might just be good.

        • Terminal

          Well if anything, in all sincerity, I hope you enjoy the movie. I’ll pass on this.
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          “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • LifeMi

            I hope so too. I go into every movie hoping to like it, regardless of what preconceived notions I have of it. But given the latest batch of remakes, I understand where you’re coming from.

  • Dr Malachi Constant

    Good to see Tennant getting some work, post-Who.

    • Uncle Creepy

      Actually I think he’s perfect for the part.

      • Vanvance1

        I like him (he’s really the only thing I liked about the last generation of Who) but he’s no Roddy McDowall; a character actor who was nothing short of amazing.

        • Uncle Creepy

          There will NEVER be another Roddy McDowall. He is greatly missed.