Doctor Who's David Tennant joins cast of Fright Night remake

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:31 PM EST

Former Doctor Who star David Tennant and Kick-Ass actor Christopher Mintz-Plasse have both been added to the cast of the remake of Fright Night, according to Heat Vision.

Tennant will play Peter Vincent, a Las Vegas magician whose show utilizes horror imagery and effects. In the original, the character as played by Roddy McDowall (Planet of the Apes) was a late-night TV horror host. In both versions, Vincent claims to be an expert on vampires but turns out to be a disappointment when asked for help by young fan Charlie (Star Trek's Anton Yelchin in the remake) to battle real vampires.

This will be Tennant's first notable exposure on the big screen to American audiences after three seasons as the 10th Doctor on the long-running British series, which made him a cult favorite and very popular among Who fans.

Mintz-Plasse, meanwhile, is best known for making his debut as McLovin in the raunchy teen comedy Superbad but scored the role of Red Mist in this past spring's Kick-Ass. He'll play Evil Ed, a friend of Charlie's who is converted into a bloodsucker.

As in the 1985 film, which also starred Chris Sarandon and William Ragsdale, Charlie becomes convinced that his new next-door neighbor (Colin Farrell) is a vampire. Toni Collette (The Sixth Sense) will also appear as Charlie's mom.

Indie director Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl) is behind the camera for this take on Fright Night, which Disney will release sometime in 2011.

Will the Doctor's presence get you interested in this latest horror remake?