First Two Stars Take Up Residence in Amityville House

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First Two Stars Take Up Residence in Amityville HouseAt the tail end of last week, we learned that Dimension Films/Blumhouse Productions had tapped a director for their upcoming Amityville movie, bringing Maniac remake helmer Franck Khalfoun into the infamous house.

Now we’ve got the very first casting details for the flick, formerly titled The Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes. Read on!

First up, our friends over on Bloody Disgusting broke the news over the weekend that Jennifer Jason Leigh (pictured) will topline the film, set to star as lead character Joan, a single mother who moves her three kids into the Amityville house, which of course has a very dark history.

The Wrap reports today that Disney Channel star Bella Thorne is also on board, likely being cast as one of Joan’s three kids.

Dimension had planned on reigniting the popular horror franchise using a found-footage angle, but that idea has been dropped as the format appears to have fallen out of favor with discerning genre fans. Amityville remains scheduled for release on January 2, 2015.

Daniel Farrands and Casey La Scala co-wrote the script and are expected to produce with Jason Blum of hit factory Blumhouse.

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