Monday, October 17, 2016

Let's Go to Bed with Carla Gugino

I honestly don't think they could've made a better choice, casting-wise - it's just been announced that Carla Gugino is going to star in Gerald's Game, an adaptation of Stephen King's 1992 novel from director Mike Flanagan. Flanagan has made a few mildly successful horror movies over the past couple of years - if you're a horror nerd then you've probably seen Oculus or Hush or Absentia; the Ouija sequel that comes out this Friday is also him. 

Anyway I am a pretty big fan of the book Gerald's Game (there's a scene in the book that shook me up terribly) so I have been keeping an eye on the development of this one, and I couldn't be happier with the casting of Gugino, a tremendously talented and continually underrated actress. It's also great news that they cast an adult woman here - the role calls for an grown-ass adult but you know how Hollywood mucks such business up - I'm surprised they didn't cast Elle Fanning. (Nothing against Elle, of course!)

Only click over to read the news at Deadline (thx Mac) if you've already read the book because their plot description gives away far too much plot. I only knew the sex-games angle when I read the book and that's plenty. Try to keep yourself unspoiled, people! The terrific Bruce Greenwood has also been cast as Gugino's husband in the film - their casting director deserves a damn raise. Rounding out the cast are Henry Thomas (yes E.T.'s Henry Thomas) and Carel Struycken, the seven-foot-tall actor who played "The Giant" on Twin Peaks and Lurch in the Addams Family movies, and if you have read Gerald's Game then you totally know who he's playing and I share with you all the creeping gooseflesh that you're now experiencing.


Aquinas1220 said...

Nice!! I remember reading this novel years ago and being freaked out by it. Totally going to have to re-read it again before this is released.

Ross said...

This is exciting!!

Tracy said...

Gerald's Game is so underrated. The characterization is so smart and well-observed and it's viscerally terrifying but ultimately cathartic. Not sure how well the adaptation will work in general, but I agree that that is excellent casting.