Sunday, 17 May 2015

Jessica Madsen set for Leatherface

Once again, rather strangely, the team behind Leatherface are heading to British TV for their young cast. News arrives via The Wrap that Jessica Madsen (Mr. Selfridge) joins Sam Strike (Eastenders) and James Bloor (DCI Banks) for the new Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel.

The latest Texas Chainsaw Massacre film follows the hapless Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013) as the eighth film in the scrappy franchise. It's also the second film to be called Leatherface, following Jeff Burr's third instalment in 1990 starring a young Viggo Mortensen (A History Of Violence). It's also the second attempt at a prequel, after Jonathan Liebesman's Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006).

Much like Liebesman's film, the new Leatherface is following the hulking killer's early years in the 1970s, although in this case we will find him in his teens before he dons the mask and picks up the eponymous saw.

It seems to be a mystery revolving around three teenage psychopaths, one of whom grows up to be Leatherface. Strike and Bloor are two of them, while Madsen will play an escaped mental patient. Stephen Dorff (Public Enemies) is also in the cast as a deranged Texas lawman.

Directors Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo previously directed Inside (2007), starring Béatrice Dalle, which is good enough to make Leatherface a more interesting prospect than it otherwise might have been. The up-and-coming Seth M. Sherwood wrote the screenplay, and pre-production is currently underway for an expected release next year.

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