The new adaptation of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary has cast its big sister and little brother from the Creed family.
The horror film, which just began shooting this week in Montreal, stars Jason Clarke and Amy Seimetz as a couple who move their young family to the Maine countryside. They discover a bizarre burial ground for beloved pets in the woods behind their property, and it turns out to be the gateway to something else … unspeakable.
Ten-year-old Jeté Laurence will play Ellie, a sweet and sensitive young girl who adores her cat Winston Churchill, or “Church” for short, and wins over the heart of the old-timer who lives next door (played by John Lithgow.) Three-year-old twins Hugo Lavoie and Lucas Lavoie will play Gage, her toddler little brother — who is prone to wandering into trouble.
The film, directed by Starry Eyes filmmakers Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch, will be a first for the Lavoie brothers, whose parents auditioned them after seeing a casting notice on Facebook, but Laurence already has a long career at a young age.
She co-starred with Michael Fassbender in last year’s thriller The Snowman, and she has had roles on Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Sneaky Pete, Friends From College and played the childhood version of Paige onThe Americans. Laurence has some horror experience, too. She has a role in director Jenn Wexler’s The Ranger, currently on the festival circuit, about a group of burnout teens trying to survive in the woods while being stalked by an increasingly unhinged park ranger. She is represented by CESD, Zoom Talent Management, and Peikoff/Mahan.
Paramount Pictures also released this official synopsis: “Based on the seminal horror novel by Stephen King, Pet Sematary follows Dr. Louis Creed (Clarke), who, after relocating with his wife Rachel (Seimetz) and their two young children from Boston to rural Maine, discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near the family’s new home. When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his unusual neighbor, Jud Crandall (Lithgow), setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unfathomable evil with horrific consequences.”
The producers are Lorenzo di Bonaventura, whose credits include the Transformers movies and the 2007 King adaptation 1408; Mark Vahradian, another veteran of the Transformers series, and Steven Schneider, best known for the Insidious movies.
The script has been adapted by by Jeff Buhler, showrunner of Syfy’s George R.R. Martin space series Nightflyers.
Pet Sematary is scheduled to open on April 5, 2019.