The remake of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary continues to move forward, as the filmmakers have found their new version of the character Zelda. This follows a promise made in May that the remake will be one of the scariest King adaptations fans have seen.
This new movie will act as both a remake of the 1989 film directed by Mary Lambert, and the second film adaptation of King’s novel published in 1983. The plot will again revolve around the Creed family discovering a cursed burial ground near their home, after they move into a house in Maine. Jason Clarke was cast as Louis Creed back in April and his on-screen wife will be played by Amy Seimetz. John Lithgow has also joined the project in the role of Jud Crandall, which was formally played by The Munsters star Fred Gwynne. The film is a little less than a year away, so more casting announcements should continue to roll out now that filming has officially begun. While the film already has its three main stars picked out, the eerie character named Zelda has now been cast.
According to Bloody Disgusting, Rachel Creed’s sister Zelda will be returning for the Pet Sematary remake, and will be played by newcomer Alyssa Brooke Levine. Zelda was actually played by male actor Andrew Hubatsek in the 1989 film. For the remake, the character will likely be portrayed as a bit younger than before, since Levine is only 13. Zelda may not have played a huge role in the original, but the character’s scenes were easily some of its scariest moments. It’s revealed in the film that Rachel’s sister had been suffering from spinal meningitis, and actually died in their back bedroom while Rachel was home alone with her. The fact that she went mad prior to her death didn’t help things.
It’s unknown whether the filmmakers will give her a new backstory or not, but fans of the original movie and the book will more than likely be pleased with her addition to the film. Besides the upcoming Pet Sematary remake, fans of King can feast their eyes on the Hulu original Castle Rock while they wait for the multiple other upcoming adaptations, including Doctor Sleep and IT: Chapter Two.
Being the master of horror, King has had the pleasure of seeing many of his novels adapted for movies and TV shows over the years. While not all adaptations have done well at the box office, Warner Bros. broke records last year when they released their adaptation of IT starring Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise. Since the premise behind Pet Sematary is every bit as scary as IT, Paramount Pictures are more than likely hoping to duplicate Warner Bros. success with another one of King’s most acclaimed books.
Source: Bloody Disgusting