Timothy Hutton scares up lead in Netflix's The Haunting of Hill House

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Aug 24, 2017

Timothy Hutton is getting spooky.

The American Crime actor has signed on to star in The Haunting of Hill House, Netflix's 10-episode direct-to-series drama that will offer up a fresh take on Shirley Jackson's seminal 1959 novel.

Deadline reports that the 54-year-old Hutton will play the patriarch of the Crain family, whose decades-old mansion is the center of quite a lot of ghostly activity that draws a paranormal investigator and other guests seeking to make contact with the supernatural.

Hutton most recently wrapped shooting on the new Ridley Scott film All the Money in the World, and has a recurring role in Amazon's new Jack Ryan TV series.

Other actors on board Netflix's TV adaptation include Michiel Huisman (World War Z), Elizabeth Reaser (Ouija: Origin of Evil), and Kate Siegel (Hush) as the Crain siblings, while Carla Gugino is said to play the matriarch. Henry Thomas of E.T. fame is also in the cast.

Mike Flanagan, the horror filmmaker best known for such frightfests as Before I Wake, Oculus, and Hush, will write, direct, and executive-produce the project for Steven Spielberg's Amblin TV banner and Paramount TV.

He'll have quite the ghostly challenge ahead of him as Jackson's tome has already been the basis of two feature films both of which were called The Haunting. The first, made in 1963 and helmed by The Day The Earth Stood Still director Robert Wise, scared up great reviews and today is considered a cult classic. Jan De Bont's 1999 version, however, with Liam Neeson and Catherine Zeta-Jones didn't fare as well at the box office and earned a bevy of Razzie Award nominations.