Guy Pearce and Bailee Madison are Afraid of Del Toro's Dark
by Alex Billington
June 30, 2009
Two more actors have joined the cast of Guillermo del Toro's Don't Be Afraid of the Dark to be directed by his protege Troy Nixey. Guy Pearce is in final negotiations and 9-year-old actress Bailee Madison is set to star with Katie Holmes (who we announced in May). Madison will play a young girl who moves in with her father and his girlfriend (Holmes) and discovers they are sharing the house with demonic creatures. She discovers and is fascinated by the creatures - until they prove dangerous. Pearce will play the father, an author frustrated by his daughter's tales of monsters, not believing her even when his girlfriend backs her.
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is based on the 1973 ABC TV movie. Guillermo del Toro co-wrote the updated script with Matthew Robbins (Dragonslayer, Mimic). Del Toro first discovered director Troy Nixey after watching his short film titled Latchkey's Lament (watch the trailer online) that captured the tone del Toro wanted for this project. I love the story, I love the cast, I love Guillermo del Toro, this is easily one of my most anticipated horror projects in the works. Its got a bit of a Pan's Labyrinth feel to it, but I imagine it won't be anything like that in the end. Shooting is scheduled to start next month in Melbourne, Australia.