Stefanie Scott (below) has made the brave decision to star in Leigh Whannell’s Insidious: Chapter 3, reports Deadline.
Plot and character details are being kept under wraps. The threequel will be written and directed by Leigh Whannell (Saw, Insidious) in his helming debut. Scott is currently in production on Blumhouse’s live-action adaptation of ’80s cartoon Jem And The Holograms, making her the latest thesp to be cast in multiple Blumhouse pictures after In A Valley Of Violence stars Ethan Hawke, Karen Gillan, and James Ransone. The actress also starred recently on Disney’s high school sitcom A.N.T. Farm and appeared in features Flipped and No Strings Attached.
Whannell and Angus Sampson will return as Specs and Tucker, and also Lin Shaye will reprise her role of Elise Rainier.
Focus Features took U.S. rights to Insidious: Chapter 3 from FilmDistrict when Peter Schlessel took the reins last October. The company has set an April 3, 2015 release. eOne is handling distribution in Canada, the U.K., and Spain while Sony has the remainder of international territories. The first Insidious pic scored $97M on a $1.5M budget, directed by Wan and written by Whannell. Sequel Insidious: Chapter 2 continued the demonic saga with Wan directing again from a Whannell script and notched $160M worldwide.
Jason Blum is producing the third installment again for Blumhouse alongside Oren Peli and James Wan. Steven Schneider, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Peter Schlessel, Lia Buman, and Xavier Marchand are executive producers. Scott is repped by The Gersh Agency, manager Brian Medavoy, and attorney Shelby Weiser.
Earlier this year Bloody Disgusting caught up with Whannell at the SXSW film festival, and he explained:
“I can say that it’s not dealing with Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson’s characters anymore. We thought it would be best to wipe the slate clean and tell a new story. But Lin Shaye will be back and we will be back. It actually felt a lot like writing the first one because you’re dealing with new characters. You don’t have to follow the throughline of the others, it’s a fresh start. It doesn’t follow the ending of the second one.”