The Dreamworks Fright Night remake and the Steven Spielberg-produced prehistoric sci-fi series Terra Nova both have talented new additions to their casts.

British actress Imogen Poots (28 Weeks Later) will play the female lead in Fright Nightan updated version of the hit 1985 horror/comedy. She’ll portray the girlfriend of Charley (Anton Yelchin) – a teenager who, thanks to some Rear Window-inspired snooping, believes his new neighbor (Colin Farrell) is a vampire.

Poots is a welcome addition to an impressive cast that recently picked up David Tenant (Doctor Who) in the re-imagined Peter Vincent role and Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Kick-Ass) as Charley’s best-friend “Evil” Ed.

I love the original Fright Night and while I was initially put off by the idea of a remake, they’ve assembled an intriguing cast that now leaves me cautiously optimistic. I was a fan of director Craig Gillespie‘s debut film, Lars and the Real Girl and he seems like an unexpected and interesting choice for the project. Screenwriter Marti Noxon (Mad Men) also has an encouraging resume that suggests she’s more than qualified to handle the balance of tension and humor the original film boasted.

However, one important question lingers: can the Fright Night remake possibly be as good as the Bollywood version of the film?

Meanwhile, Jason O’Mara (Life on Mars), who was previously rumored to be joining the cast of Terra Nova, Variety is now confirming that it’s a done deal.

The series centers around mankind’s efforts to repair the irreversible damage they’ve done to the planet by opening up a portal to prehistoric Earth. O’Mara will play Jim Shannon, whose family is amongst the newest group of settlers chosen to travel to Terra Nova. Of course not all is as it seems in this utopia and the family becomes increasingly aware that there are colleagues inside the colony just as dangerous as the prehistoric creatures surrounding them.

While Terra Nova sounds vaguely reminiscent of the somewhat awful British show Primeval, I’m sure with Spielberg on board we can look forward to some impressive production value and an engaging story. I wasn’t able to catch too much of Life on Mars but from from what I saw O’Mara seemed like a solid actor who had both natural charisma and that everyman quality Spielberg seems to favor.

How do you feel about these casting choices? Do you like the way Fright Night and Terra Nova are coming together?

Source: Heat Vision and Variety.