Katie Holmes generally gets more press for being the wife of Tom Cruise than she does for her movie choices, but she may have finally landed on a role to regain her status as an actress. According to Variety, Holmes has signed on to star in "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark," a horror remake co-scripted, produced, and mentored by Guillermo del Toro. His protege (and former comic book artist) Troy Nixey will direct this as his feature film debut.
The film is based on a 1973 ABC made-for-television movie. The original centered Sally and her husband Alex, who inherit a mansion from her deceased grandmother. Creepy things begin to happen once she uncovers a bricked up fireplace. Hideous little creatures begin to torment her, and her husband becomes convinced that she's having a nervous breakdown.
Variety's description is a little different, describing the story as one centered on a young girl who moves in with her father and his girlfriend. The girl discovers that they are sharing the house with devilish creatures. Presumably, these are changes del Toro and his co-writer Matthew Robbins have made -- and we're going to guess that no one believes the poor girl because they think she doesn't like her dad's new girlfriend. We're also going to suppose the girlfriend role will be played by Holmes.
The film should be pretty terrifying given who is at the helm of it, and it begins shooting in Melbourne this summer as a "Guillermo del Toro Presentation."
Readers, do you think Katie Holmes is a good choice for horror? Will del Toro make her shriek her way into acting credibility again?