Bloody Disgusting have gotten word that horror regular Angela Bettis is in talks to join Leatherface, as Verna, the Mother of Leatherface.
Indie horror fans will know Bettis well, and after her breakout performance in Lucky McKee’s superb 2002 shocker May, Bettis has been seen in films like The Woman (also directed by McKee), a remake of the Toolbox Murders, Scar and also an episode of the Masters of Horror series. She is perfect for the role.
She will join Eastender Sam Strike who will be playing Jackson, the troubled teenager who becomes Leatherface.
However, The Wrap is reporting that there could potentially be a further two actors playing a character who could become the chainsaw wielding maniac.
Per The Wrap:
James Bloor (below) is in final negotiations to join Sam Strike in “Leatherface.”
The “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” prequel is presented as a mystery of sorts about three teenage psychopaths, one of whom grows up to be Leatherface.
Bloor will play Ike, a budding young maniac who, like Strike’s character, also grows up to potentially wield the iconic chainsaw.
It’s unclear if there will be multiple actors playing Leatherface or whether we will see the character at different stages of his life in this film.
In November we found out some really exciting news about Leatherface, the new Texas Chainsaw Massacre horror film that will focus on Leatherface in his teens. It was confirmed that Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, the French directors behind superb shockers Inside and Livid, plus the yet to be released Among the Living, would be directing the film.
The new film will be a prequel to Hooper’s genre defining classic, and it will feature Leatherface as a teenager in the 1970’s.
It has also been confirmed that Seth M. Sherwood is writing the horror feature.
Carl Mazzocone is producing “Leatherface,” while Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman will serve as executive producers. Campbell and Grobman fought hard to resurrect the franchise and the genre buffs are excited to get started on the next installment.
Millennium Films is financing the project and will sell international rights. Millennium executives Beth Bruckner and Christine Crow are overseeing “Leatherface” for the studio.
In this prequel to “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” a young nurse is kidnapped by four violent teens who escape from a mental hospital and take her on a road trip from hell. Pursued by an equally deranged lawman out for revenge, one of these teens is destined for tragedy and horrors that will destroy his mind; molding him into the monster we now call Leatherface.