Casting Roundup: Horror trifecta of Mr. Mercedes, The Lodge, and What We Do in the Shadows

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Feb 8, 2018

Horror TV has sucked a ton more actors into its creeping grasp today, with vampires, serial killers, and one The Shining-like parental tale claiming the latest victims.

First off, and speaking of, we have Stephen King’s AT&T Audience Network series Mr. Mercedes, based on the book of the same name. Actress Virginia Kull will appear in a recurring role in Season 2 as neurology nurse Sadie McDonald, who works at Mercy General Hospital.

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While she walks the halls of the “Brain Bucket,” she’s got issues of her own: She’s an epileptic who, since she’s gone off her medication, is prone to small attention-diverting (to say the least) seizures. One of her patients is the Mercedes killer himself, Brady Hartsfield (Harry Treadaway).

What We Do in the Shadows, the FX pilot based on Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi’s vampire mockumentary of the same name, has added four to its comedic cast -- including some very familiar faces to those of you paying attention to this year’s awards movies.

The Shape of Water and Star Trek: Discovery’s Doug Jones, Lady Bird’s Beanie Feldstein and Jake McDorman, and Mark Proksch (stellar in Another Evil) will all be in the pilot and, presumably, the show if it gets picked up to series. While we don’t know anything about their characters, Doug Jones’ history with makeup and creature effects makes him a prime candidate for a Nosferatu-like character a la the film’s Petyr.

That film’s co-writer and -director Jemaine Clement will write the pilot and executive-produce alongside Waititi, who will direct.

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Finally, to round out the spookiness, It’s lead Jaeden Lieberher continues his horror streak with The Lodge. This is the first English-language film from the Austrian team of Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala that brought you the terrifying Goodnight Mommy. Lieberher joins Richard Armitage and Riley Keough in the story about a snowed-in fiancee and the two kids to whom she will soon become stepmother.

Nothing goes well with kids when you’re snowed in. Nothing. This remote village will certainly turn into something terrible as soon as the mother starts to mentally deteriorate, which, if you were stuck in a lodge with two kids, wouldn’t you?