Director James Watkins’ The Woman in Black, which starred Daniel Radcliffe, was my favourite horror film of last year. Back to basics horror with old school chills and some terrific scares, the film dripped with authentic atmosphere, and ghostly shadows and dark and a dark and spooky setting reminded me of what really being scared was all about!
The sequel was announced last year, with Tom Harper (The Borrowers, Misfits) attached to direct. Now comes the first casting news for the sequel called The Woman in Black: Angel of Death. The press release has all the details.
The Press Release:
Jeremy Irvine (WAR HORSE, THE RAILWAY MAN) and British actress Phoebe Fox (‘Black Mirror’, ‘Switch’) have signed on to star in THE WOMAN IN BLACK: ANGEL OF DEATH, the next installment in the series of the worldwide box office hit THE WOMAN IN BLACK. The announcement was made today by Simon Oakes, President & CEO of Hammer and Vice-Chairman of Exclusive Media, Guy East and Nigel Sinclair, Co-Chairmen of Exclusive Media (Hammer’s parent company), Brian Oliver, President of Cross Creek Pictures and Xavier Marchand, Entertainment One’s President of Worldwide Distribution.
THE WOMAN IN BLACK: ANGEL OF DEATH will continue the story four decades later. Seized by the government during World War II, the sudden arrival of a group of evacuated children at Eel Marsh House awakens its darkest inhabitant.
Directed by Tom Harper, the film will be brought to the big screen by the same production team behind THE WOMAN IN BLACK and produced by Exclusive Media’s Tobin Armbrust and Simon Oakes, Cross Creek Pictures’ Brian Oliver and Talisman Films’ Richard Jackson, in addition to Roy Lee who will serve as Executive Producer.
Screenwriter Jon Croker (DESERT DANCER) wrote the screenplay, based on an original story by Susan Hill (The Woman In Black).
Sales are being handled by Alex Walton, Exclusive Media’s President of International Sales and Distribution who will introduce the title to buyers at Cannes. Entertainment One Films will once again co-finance the film and distribute in the UK, Spain and Canada.
Simon Oakes, Vice-Chairman of Exclusive Media and President & CEO of Hammer said: “We are thrilled to have Jeremy and Phoebe join our team on THE WOMAN IN BLACK: ANGEL OF DEATH. I definitely feel that under the direction of Tom Harper, they will take Jon Croker’s script and each deliver a wonderfully compelling performance.”
Director Tom Harper said: “Jeremy and Phoebe are fantastic actors to continue THE WOMAN IN BLACK’s chilling tale. I’m looking forward to working with them both on the film and can’t wait to start shooting with the pair.”
Jeremy Irvine will next be seen in THE RAILWAY MAN opposite Colin Firth and NicoleKidman. He recently wrapped production on THE WORLD MADE STRAIGHT and ONE NIGHT IN OLD MEXICO.
THE WOMAN IN BLACK, starring Daniel Radcliffe and directed by James Watkins (EDEN LAKE) has become the highest grossing British horror film of the past 20 years, grossing over $130 worldwide.
The Woman in Black was set in the early 1900s and detailed the story of a young lawyer who is ordered to travel to a remote corner of the U.K. to sort out the papers of a recently deceased client. In the eerie setting of Eel Marsh House he discovers the vengeful ghost of the title.
Seized by the government and converted into a military mental hospital during World War II, the sudden arrival of disturbed soldiers to Eel Marsh Harsh has awoken its darkest inhabitant. Eve, a beautiful young nurse, is sent to the house to care for the patients but soon realizes she must save them from more than their own demons. Despite Eve’s efforts to stop her, one by one they fall victim to the Woman in Black.