Netflix's upcoming series based on The Haunting of Hill House has managed to bring together a pretty impressive cast, and it's just got even better. Young actress Lulu Wilson (Annabelle: Creation) and newcomer Victoria Pedretti are the latest additions to have just been announced for the show which is being carefully orchestrated by director Mike Flanagan.
First announced back in April, the show is seen to be part of Netflix's concerted effort to produce more original material, with a lean towards the horror genre after the massive success of series like Stranger Things. Haunting of Hill House is a 10-episode straight-to-series drama, which will take its main inspiration from the original classic ghost story written in 1959 by Shirley Jackson, rather than the critically acclaimed 1963 film The Haunting or the critically derided 1999 remake. With the luxury of the extended timeframe, the series is said to also greatly expand on the mythology and history of the Crane family and include them as major characters, rather than a backdrop to the paranormal incidents.
It's been reported by Deadline that Wilson and Pedretti have just joined the cast of the show, although their character details are not yet known. Wilson in particular is a well-known face to horror fans, having already garnered plenty of praise for her performance in one of the big genre hits this year with Annabelle: Creation. It won't be the first time she'll have worked with Flanagan either, as she appeared as one of the leads in his horror prequel Ouija: Origin of Evil, for which she also received positive feedback. Not bad for an actress yet to see her 12th birthday.
Wilson and Pedretti combine with an already strong cast that has been steadily building in recent months. Game of Thrones' Michiel Huisman was announced as the male lead in June. While Carla Gugino was confirmed as the female lead during July. Since then the casting has grown to also include; Timothy Hutton, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Elizabeth Reaser, Kate Siegel and Henry Thomas.
Although a premiere date has not yet been confirmed for the series, the strength of the cast and Flanagan's reputation for strong and cerebral horror bodes well. The director has previously drawn praise for his work on films such as Oculus, but is currently also drawing a lot of attention for his adaptation of Stephen King's Gerald's Game, which the author himself gave a very positive review for. Gerald's Game also features significant roles for Gugino, Siegel, and Thomas - which indicates that the director is building himself a talented and loyal troupe of actors. Hopefully when the premiere details for The Haunting of Hill House are confirmed for sometime next year, we'll be able to see if it lives up to expectations.
- Gerald's Game (2017) release date: Sep 29, 2017