Monday, 25 May 2015

Lili Taylor and Vanessa Grasse set for Texas Chainsaw prequel

The casting continues for the upcoming Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel Leatherface, with one familiar and one not so familiar face now added to the roster. News arrives via The Wrap that Lili Taylor (The Conjuring) is set to play the young Leatherface's mom Vera Sawyer. And newcomer Vanessa Grasse has nabbed the female lead as Lizzy, a nurse at a mental institution who is kidnapped and taken on a road trip by inmates, one of whom is our boy before the mask.

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).

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. It seems to be a mystery revolving around which of three teenage psychopaths – Sam Strike (EastEnders), James Bloor (DCI Banks) and Sam Coleman – will grow up to brain William Vail with a hammer and endlessly chase Marilyn Burns.

Jessica Madsen (Mr. Selfridge), meanwhile, plays another 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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