Within the final month or so, Gary Dauberman’s upcoming massive display adaptation of Salem’s Lot has been exhausting at work assembling the vampire looking crew on the coronary heart of the Stephen King story. First we realized about who can be taking part in Ben Mears – specifically Prime Gun: Maverick‘s Lewis Pullman – and since then we have realized that the ensemble may even embrace Makenzie Leigh as Susan Norton, Invoice Camp as Matthew Burke, and Alfre Woodard as Dr. Cody. We’re nonetheless ready to study who can be taking part in teenage monster knowledgeable/horror fanatic Mark Petrie, however immediately we’ve got the information that an actor has been chosen to play the position of Father Donald Callahan.
There was a quick time after we questioned if William Sadler could be taking part in Callahan in Salem’s Lot, because the actor did not determine his position when he revealed his involvement with the undertaking earlier this month, however that interval has come to an finish. In keeping with Deadline, that specific position has gone to latest Tony nominee John Benjamin Hickey, and will probably be his first expertise making a Stephen King adaptation. The actor’s earlier credit embrace characteristic tasks like Michael Bay’s Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen and Clint Eastwood’s Flags Of Our Fathers, however his latest Hollywood credit are principally embrace small display titles just like the Marvel/Netflix collection Jessica Jones and The Good Spouse.
Followers have been notably anticipating the casting of Father Callahan within the new movie, because the character holds a particular place within the Stephen King canon. He’s not solely on the coronary heart of one of the vital dramatic moments in Salem’s Lot – one which challenges his religion within the presence of evil – however he’s additionally a determine within the epic and beloved Darkish Tower collection.
Whereas this adaptation of Salem’s Lot is the primary to be made for the large display, the e-book has twice been tailored for tv, and Father Callahan is included in each. Within the 1979 model from director Tobe Hooper he’s performed by James Gallery, and within the 2004 remake miniseries the good James Cromwell has the half.
Along with Lewis Pullman, Makenzie Leigh, Invoice Camp, William Sadler, and Alfre Woodard, John Benjamin Hickey is becoming a member of a solid that additionally contains Spencer Deal with Clark (as townie Mark Ryerson) and Pilou Asbæk (because the villainous Richard Straker).
Salem’s Lot is now in manufacturing, and it’s set to reach in theaters much less from a yr any more September 9, 2022. To find out about the entire Stephen King tasks which might be presently within the works, take a look at our Upcoming Stephen King Films and TV information, and when you’re within the lengthy historical past of variations take a look at my Adapting Stephen King column!