Casting roundup: Goosebumps sequel lands leads, Sabrina finds a villain

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Feb 22, 2018

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While there’s still no official word whether Jack Black will be returning for the second Goosebumps movie, the project has been moving ahead with its other casting moves.

Deadline reports that Madison Iseman (who played Young Bethany in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) and Jeremy Ray Taylor (Ben Hanscom in It, pictured above) have joined the sequel as "leads," alongside actors Ben O’Brien and Caleel Harris. Filmmaker Ari Sandel is developing the sequel, which has been titled Goosebumps: Horrorland, and is based on the popular books by R.L. Stine. Sony is also said to be developing further movie projects from the book series, which has sold over 350 million copies worldwide.

Black is still rumored to be attached, and it would make sense for the studio to want him back, at the very least in a cameo capacity, considering he played the author of the books in the 2015 adaptation, while also voicing other characters. Per the report, Sony is looking to cast another lead role as the mom character of the new movie.

Elsewhere in casting news, Netflix’s untitled Sabrina the Teenage Witch series has also added a new cast member. Also according to Deadline, English actor Richard Coyle -- who starred in 2010’s Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time -- will play the villain Father Blackwood. Mad Men star Kiernan Shipka is playing the title role, while Homeland and LOTR actress Miranda Otto will be playing Aunt Zelda. It was previously revealed that Lucy Davis -- best known for her work on the original U.K. version of The Office, and stealing all the laughs in Wonder Woman -- will be playing Aunt Hilda.

Unlike the perky TV series fronted by Melissa Joan Hart, this version of Sabrina is based on the comic book Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which delves into a much darker, origin story of how the magical youngster came to be.

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