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Casting: Laura Vandervoort stars in Rabid remake; Sakina Jaffrey to play recurring role in American Gods Season 2

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May 11, 2018, 4:26 PM EDT

A remake of a 40-plus-year-old classic horror film has landed its lead, and the cast for the eagerly anticipated second season of American Gods just grew one cast member larger. 

Laura Vandervoort has been cast in the lead role in Rabid, a remake of the 1977 horror film of the same name by David Cronenberg, Shout! Studios confirms to SYFY WIRE. The Soska Sisters (American Mary, Dead Hooker in a Truck) are directing.

In Rabid, Vandervoort (Supergirl, Jigsaw) will play Rose, a young woman who undergoes a radical, untested stem-cell treatment after an accident leaves her horribly scarred beyond recognition. But Rose soon discovers that being remolded into the belle of the ball comes at a price. Vandervoort takes on a role previously played by Marilyn Chambers in the original. 


Shout! Studios acquired the U.S rights to the remake and is overseeing production.

“Laura’s a versatile talent, and she will deliver just the right mix of seduction, innocence, and menace to the role of Rose," said Jordan Fields, vice president of acquisitions at Shout! Studios.

The Soska Sisters' manager tells SYFY WIRE that production hasn't yet begun, which means there's no release date yet. For now, we can only imagine — and, of course, re-watch the original. 


Sakina Jaffrey

Sakina Jaffrey (Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Deadline has revealed that Sakina Jaffrey has been cast in a recurring role on American Gods upcoming second season. Jaffrey (Timeless) will play Mama-Ji, a Hindu goddess of war who now waits tables at the Motel America.

The fantasy drama, based on Neil Gaiman’s 2001 novel of the same name, stars Ian McShane and Ricky Whittle and features Emily Browning, Orlando Jones, Pablo Schreiber, Yetide Badaki, Bruce Langley, and Crispin Glover.

Separately, American Gods is currently looking for an actress to play a new role, Sam Blackcrow. Here’s a description provided by the casting team, per Deadline: “First Nation/Native American female age 18-mid-20s. She’s confident, engaging, headstrong, and has a free spirit personality.” The role will shoot in Toronto from June through August 2018. 

American Gods is currently in production for Season 2 and is slated to return to Starz in 2019.