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Casting: Greg Kinnear enlists in War of the Worlds; Charles Babalola joins fairytale horror; Tony Todd goes Streetwalking

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Nov 6, 2018

Oscar winner Greg Kinnear heads off to War of the Worlds, Charles Babalola joins fairytale horror Gretel and Hansel, and Tony Todd joins the cast of Streetwalkers in our latest casting roundup. 

First up, Greg Kinnear is in talks to star in the latest adaptation of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds, per Variety. The actor and former Talk Soup host will be taking the lead role in a three-part miniseries adapted from the 1898 novel being developed by Canal Plus and the Europe/Africa arm of Fox productions 

The series would move the storyline to the present day, as have the two prior adaptations. These include George Pal's 1953 movie, as well as the 2002 Steven Spielberg's feature starring Tom Cruise. 

This news comes just a week or so after it was announced that It director Andy Muschietti would be helming another version of Wells' The Time Machine

(via Variety)

Next up, Deadline reports that Tony Todd, best known as the Candyman, has joined the cast of the upcoming horror flick The Streetwalkers. The film follows a trio of students who are held captive by a madman while filming a horror movie. It's up to two cops to find them using only the footage on their camera.

No details about Todd's role have been revealed, though he will star alongside The Purge: Anarchy's John Beasley. Production is expected to begin in Los Angeles in February 2019.

(via Deadline)

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Finally, Charles Babalala has joined the cast of Gretel and Hansel, per Deadline. The Black Mirror actor will take on the role of The Hunter in the horror adaptation of the Grimm brothers' notorious fairy tale. Sophia Lillis, the breakout star of It, will star as Gretel. 

The movie will be directed by The Blackcoat's Daughter's Osgood Perkins from a script he co-wrote with Rob Hayes. The story will be set in the past, and take place in a very Grimm-appropriate fairytale countryside. After a young girl leads her brother into the woods in desperate search of food, they stumble across something they weren't expecting. 

Production is set to start this fall in Ireland.

(via Deadline)

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