Director Andy Muschietti has added yet another cast member from his adaptation of Stephen King's It to his next project, a pilot for a new TV version of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez's comic book series Locke & Key.
Following the hiring of It cast members Jackson Robert Scott (the movie's unforgettable little George Denbrough) and Megan Charpentier (who played mean girl Greta Keene) for the pilot as two of the Locke children, Muschietti has also brought Owen Teague on board. Teague's role in It was brief but memorable: He played Patrick Hockstetter, a member of Henry Bowers' gang who Show Spoiler meets an early demise in the Derry sewers at the hands and teeth of Pennywise.
In Locke & Key, he'll play Sam Lesser, a disturbed, violent adolescent who kills his own father and then shoots the Locke kids' father to death, while also assaulting their mother. It is this incident that drives Nina Locke and her three children to their family's ancestral home in Maine, where the children gain various powers through a set of magical keys, but are also terrorized by a demonic entity that wants the keys for itself.
Muschietti (who replaced Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson on the project) is prepping Locke & Key for Hulu, with this being the second time a TV adaptation of the comic book has been attempted. The first pilot, developed by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci and directed by Mark Romanek, was rejected by Fox and did not become a series. Although a feature film was mooted for a while, the property has gone back to the small screen, where services like Hulu are eager to develop their own content.
The cast also includes Danny Glover as teacher Joe Ridgeway, Frances O'Connor as mother Nina Locke, Nate Corddry as uncle Duncan Locke, and Jack Mulhern as the eldest Locke sibling, Tyler. Carlton Cuse (Lost) will act as showrunner, and Hill himself (who's Stephen King's son, just to keep it even more in the family) has penned the teleplay. An air date has yet to be unveiled.