The New Line adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘Salem’s Lot is moving along quickly. Casting announcements for the project continue to roll in, giving us more and more insight into what this iteration will look like. Today we learned via Deadline that three fresh faces are stepping into ‘Salem’s Lot: Makenzie Leigh, Bill Camp, and Spencer Treat Clark have all officially been sired to spend some time in the vampire-infested town.
This casting news follows the recent announcement that Hollywood legacy child Lewis Pullman (Bad Times at the El Royale) will be playing the lead role of Ben Mears, a big-city author who has returned to his sleepy hometown. Leigh plays the lead role of Susan Norton, Bill Camp plays Matthew Burke, while Clark is set to play Mike Ryerson.
Makenzie Leigh got her start on the big screen in the Ang Lee drama Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.
You’ll also remember Leigh from her time on TV’s Gotham and the American adaptation of The Slap. Susan Norton is a longtime resident of Jerusalem’s Lot who helps Ben Mears in his attempt to defend the town from invasive vampires.
Bill Camp is a decorated stage and screen actor who recently earned a SAG nomination for his role as Mr. Shaibel on Netflixs’ smash hit series The Queen’s Gambit. Camp is also known for his role in TV’s The Night Of. He will be returning to Broadway in an upcoming revival of A Long Day’s Journey Into Night.
Lastly, Spencer Treat Clark will stumble into town as problem-maker Mike Ryerson. Clark has been around the genre block a few times, having starred in M. Night Shyamalan outtings Unbreakable and Glass. Other genre-fare Clark has appeared in include The Town That Dreaded Sundown, The Last Exorcism Part II, The Last House on the Left, and TV’s The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
‘Salem’s Lot was first published in 1975 and became Stephen King’s first #1 bestseller in The New York Times. The novel became an immediate classic and quickly spawned the 1979 TV miniseries adaptation from Tobe Hooper.
The creative team behind the new ‘Salem’s Lot is a who’s-who of the spooky mainstream. It is directed by Gary Dauberman, the writer behind It: Chapter Two and the Annabelle series. You’ve also got James Wan (Insidious, The Conjuring) producing alongside Mark Wolper and Roy Lee. Lee has the honour of producing IT, which currently sits as the highest-grossing horror movie ever made. I guess $700 M opens a few doors these days.
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Lastly, how do you feel about this new version of ‘Salem’s Lot? Are you excited to see what Dauberman and friends are cooking up? Let me know on Twitter via @joshkorngut. I’m always down to talk all things, Stephen King!