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Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard joins haunted house flick The Turning

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Dec 13, 2017

Actor Finn Wolfhard has had quite a haunted year. He starred in the breakout horror film It, based on the Stephen King novel. Then there was the second season of Stranger Things, the Netflix smash-hit series. Now, according to Variety, the young actor has been cast in an upcoming supernatural horror film called The Turning.

Loosely based on the Henry James novella The Turn of the Screw, The Turning follows the story of a young woman who is hired to nanny for two orphans who are convinced that the old mansion they live in is haunted. Mackenzie Davis (Blade Runner 2049, Black Mirror, Halt and Catch Fire, as seen below) stars as the nanny. 

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Though the original novella was published in 1898, the IMDb Pro page for The Turning states it is a "modern" take on the tale, which suggests the film will be set in the current time period.

Floria Sigismondi has been brought on to direct. A veteran of music videos (including David Bowie, Marilyn Manson, Bjork, The Cure, Interpol, and Incubus), Sigismondi has also directed episodes of American Gods, The Handmaid's Tale, Daredevil, and Hemlock Grove. The script comes from Carey and Chad Hayes, twin brothers who wrote The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2.

James' The Turn of the Screw is set in a country house in Britain. When a pair of siblings, Miles and Flora, are left orphaned, their uncle hires a governess to care for them. Miles is expelled from his boarding school, something which his governess is too frightened to bring up with him. The governess sees strange figures moving around the grounds, and the housekeeper reveals that they are the ghosts of the previous governess and another employee, who were involved in a sexual relationship. Flora has been talking with her old governess, and when confronted by her new governess, Flora flips out and insists on returning to her uncle. Left alone with Miles, the governess discovers the ghosts have been controlling Miles.

Critics have long debated the use of ghosts in Turn of the Screw. Some believe James meant the ghosts in the story to be taken at face-value; some think they signified the governess was mentally ill; others have suggested that they represent an evil coming for the children, such as child molesters.

The Turning will be produced under Steven Speilberg's Amblin Pictures, which is best known for its 1980s family friendly genre films like The Goonies, E.T., Gremlins, and Poltergeist.