Hunger Games Actress Grabs Lead in Suspiria Remake
05.16.12 by Ryan
After spending years in development, director David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, Your Highness) is finally ready to move forward with his remake of Suspiria. Originally set for production in 2010, Green shot Your Highness and The Sitter instead, but it looks like the project is finally moving forward with its first cast member.
Variety reports that Green has cast fifteen-year-old Isabelle Fuhrman, who recently played Clove in The Hunger Games, in the lead role of a young girl who travels to well-renowned, European school only to find out that it is being run by a coven of witches. The 1977 original was set at a ballet school, but Green admitted last year that he wanted the remake to be set at "an all-girls boarding school", which explains why he cast a younger lead than Natalie Portman, who at one point was going to star in the movie before taking a role as a ballet dancer in Black Swan. Besides that change, Green has promised that his remake will be "in the spirit" of director Dario Argento's original.
Suspiria is considered a classic amongst horror movie fans, who have seen many favorites getting the reboot treatment over the past decade. Despite fans' misgivings about tampering with a classic, production on Suspiria is set to start in September, after Fuhrman finishes work on writer/director M. Night Shyamalan's sci-fi movie After Earth opposite Will Smith and Jaden (The Karate Kid). Regardless, Green has promised a "beautiful horror movie." We'll wait and see.