Jason Clarke is headed to the Sematary.
The actor is in talks to star in Paramount’s upcoming remake of the Stephen King classic Pet Sematary, EW has confirmed. As previously reported, Dennis Widmeyer and Kevin Kolsch are directing the new film from a script by Jeff Buhler, and it’s scheduled to hit theaters April 19, 2019.
King’s beloved and bone-chilling 1983 novel was previously adapted into a 1989 movie by Mary Lambert (with a screenplay by King himself). The story centers on a father who moves his young family into a new house, located right next door to an ancient burial ground where the dead tend not to stay dead. Clarke would play the father in the new film.
THR first reported the news. Best known for Zero Dark Thirty and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Clarke is currently starring as Ted Kennedy in Chappaquiddick.
Pet Sematary continues the hot streak of King stories being adapted (and re-adapted) for the screen, including It, The Dark Tower, and Mr. Mercedes. Hulu will also soon premiere its new horror series Castle Rock, which is inspired by a whole host of King novels.