Paramount Sets Italian Actress to Lead 'The Ring' Franchise Reboot
Last summer brought news that Paramount Pictures was ready to circle back around to their horror franchise that began with The Ring back in 2002 and spawned a single sequel to the remake of a popular Japanese horror film. While there were rumblings that this would merely be The Ring 3, The Wrap has word that Paramount is actually a reboot and it's been given the title of Rings. Director F. Javier Gutierrez, who is no longer helming the reboot of The Crow, will direct the film that still features the creepy well-dwelling girl Samara and the deadly tape that kills viewers seven days after watching it, but there's a whole new cast.
And this news comes with word that Italian actress Matilda Lutz has been cast as the female lead in the film this time. American audiences probably aren't familiar with Lutz, but in Italy, she had a recurring role in a comedy series called "Fuoriclasse" and has appeared in films such as The Fifth Wheel and Someone Beautiful. This could be a big breakthrough in the United States for the actress, but that's only if the movie is good. The script was put together by Akiva Goldsman, David Loucka and Jacon Aaron Estes, based on a 1991 novel by Koji Suzuki, so we'll see how the horror unfolds this time. Thoughts?