Hulu's horror-fantasy series Locke & Key has landed IT actor Jackson Robert Scott in the role of a young boy who is sensitive to the supernatural. Locke & Key is adapted from a comic book series by writer Joe Hill (the son of Stephen King) and artist Gabriel Rodriguez, and the pilot will be directed by IT helmer Andres Muschietti (who's taking over for Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson).
Locke & Key concerns a family moving on from a horrific murder by going back to their ancestral home in Maine, which turns out to be a magical house. A series of keys give the Locke family's three young kids the ability to unlock magical powers within the house, but there's a demon that also wants the keys. Frances O'Connor has been cast as the children's mother Nina. The comic adaptation will finally hit screens after a long process that included one abandoned Locke & Key movie trilogy and an unaired Locke & Key TV pilot.
Deadline is reporting that Scott has been cast in Huku's Locke & Key in the role of Bode, the one sibling who is most sensitive to the supernatural powers within the family's magical new house. Scott is a particular favorite of Muschietti as the director also cast him to play Georgie, the doomed paper-boat-chasing little brother of Bill Denbrough, in his soon-to-be-released adaptation of Stephen King's horror classic IT.
Scott joins a long list of adorable kid actors who have found themselves being terrorized by one of the King family's demonic on-screen creations. The most memorable King kid remains Danny Lloyd, who played Danny Torrance in Stanley Kubrick's 1980 adaptation of The Shining (Locke & Key's Bode in fact shares some traits in common with Danny). Another Danny, Danny Pintauro, played a boy threatened by a rabid St. Bernard in the unsettling 1983 adaptation of King's Cujo. Miko Hughes joined the roster of ill-fated King kids when he played Gage Creed in the 1989 adaptation of Pet Sematary.
The apple clearly didn't fall far from the tree in the case of Joe Hill, who inherited from his father a love of depicting groups of kids being pitted against supernatural forces - though the demon in Locke & Key is sure to be nowhere near as horrifying as the sewer-dwelling Pennywise the Clown from IT. As proof of the enduring power of the elder King's kid-terrorizing storytelling prowess, IT is currently tracking to make upwards of $60 million its opening weekend.
Locke & Key is still in development and will not be releasing on Hulu any time in the near future. The casting process is on-going and there will be more updates in the coming months.