Mike Flanagan’s The Haunting Of Hill House casts first lead

Game Of Thrones star is the first name attached to The Haunting Of Hill House reboot

Mike Flanagan’s new take on Shirley Jackson’s horror masterpiece The Haunting Of Hill House has found its first cast member.

THR reports that Michiel Huisman, star of Game Of Thrones and Orphan Black, has signed on to appear in the 10-episode Netflix series.

He’ll be playing Steven Crane, “the oldest Crane sibling and a published writer of supernatural books — including a memoir about his family’s time living at Hill House.”

Interestingly, this does seem to show that the series will definitely be a different take on the material. The novel followed a group of people recruited by a supernatural investigator to spend a few days in the Crain mansion (note the different spelling), including the main character Nell Vance (renamed Nell Lance in the 1963 film).

Flanagan’s series is a modern “reimagining” and “centers on four people living in an 80-year-old mansion.” We’ll be very interested to see who is cast in anything resembling the Nell role.

The filmmaker is one of the most exciting talents working in horror at the moment, having given us Absentia, Oculus and Ouija: Origin Of Evil. He’s currently in post-production on the long-awaited film of Stephen King’s gripping novel Gerald’s Game, which stars Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood and Henry Thomas.

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