Here at Dread Central we always keep our ears to the ground, and we’re constantly digging to bring you the latest horror happenings first! Today we hit pay dirt and have learned some exclusive details regarding The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D. Dig it!
Someone close to the production wrote in with some tasty news bits. Firstly, the rumor of Tobe Hooper appearing in the film can officially be put to rest. He was to appear briefly in a cameo but never made it to the shoot. Now for the juicy bits …
As you know, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D begins just seconds after the original ends with Gunnar Hansen doing his famed dance. As it turns out, we’ll be seeing a bit more of the original Leatherface circa 1974, but it won’t be Hansen portraying him as he’ll be playing a different member of the savage family. Nor will it be Dan Yeager, who’ll play the iconic character later on in the film. The name of the actor portraying what we’ll call “Vintage Leatherface” is Sam McKenzie.
For those confused … two different actors will be playing the same character just in different eras. Make sense? Good! Look for more on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D as soon as it comes.
From a Prior Press Release:
Lionsgate and the filmmakers of THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 3D, the next installment in the long-standing franchise, are pleased to announce the cast of the film, which picks up the story where the original 1974 film left off and will deliver a new chapter in the Leatherface saga with the goal of making it as horrifying as the original — in 3D.
The cast includes an all new actor in the iconic villain role of Leatherface, an exciting cast of principal actors, and featured cameos by several cast members of the original 1974 film, famously directed by Tobe Hooper.
About The Cast
GUNNAR HANSEN, the original Leatherface who has never acted in another Texas Chainsaw franchise film, is set to appear in a cameo along with MARILYN BURNS, the original film’s lead actress, playing the role of Verna Carson. Reprising his role as the Grandfather, JOHN DUGAN also makes his first series appearance since the original film.
Beloved character actor BILL MOSELEY, who played the role of Chop-Top in Tobe Hooper’s 1983 sequel, will play Drayton Sawyer in this film. Moseley will be standing in for Jim Siedow, who previously played the part before his passing in 2003. The two actors appeared together in the 1983 film and were quite comfortable together. Director Luessenhop explains how “Moseley is the perfect choice to capture some of the essence that Siedow had brought to the character.”
Playing Leatherface will be discovery DAN YEAGER. Director John Lussenhop knew he was perfect for the role immediately, after a chance meeting. He describes the 6’6” actor as having “huge farm boy arms, a brooding brow. He’s quiet, circumspect, and immediately struck a menacing chord with me. After five minutes I could no longer think of anyone else for the role.”
ALEXANDRA DADDARIO (PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF, HALL PASS) has been cast in the lead female role of Heather Miller. The story centers around Heather as she makes a trip to small-town Texas to collect her inheritance, unaware that her inheritance includes a live item – her cousin, the notorious serial killer Leatherface.
Rounding out the cast of friends visiting the inherited house are TANIA RAYMONDE (“Lost”), playing the role of Heather’s best friend Nikki, with acclaimed R&B singer TREY SONGZ making his film debut as Heather’s boyfriend, Ryan, and KERAM MALICKI-SANCHEZ (PUNISHER: WAR ZONE and JOHN Q) as Ryan’s friend. SHAUN SIPOS (“Melrose Place,” FINAL DESTINATION 2 and the upcoming HICK) plays Darryl in the film, a hitchhiker along for the ride who knows more than he lets on.
An all new cast of law enforcement and government professionals take on Leatherface in this chapter of the saga: THOM BARRY (THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS, INDEPENDENCE DAY, “Cold Case,”) plays the role of Sheriff Hooper with PAUL RAE (TRUE GRIT) in the role of town mayor Burt Hartman. SCOTT EASTWOOD (FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS, INVICTUS, GRAN TORINO) will portray Deputy Carl Hartman, a young officer who is battling a powerful attraction to Heather while hunting Leatherface. Noted character actor RICHARD RIEHLE (OFFICE SPACE) will play Sawyers family attorney Farnsworth.
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