Poltergeist remake finds its lead in the form of Rosemarie DeWitt

It was already on the fast-track, but with the success of THE CONJURING, you had better believe POLTERGEIST is intent on spooking up a fortune at the box office ASAP.

The film has just cast its first lead: Rosemary Dewitt, who will play the matriarch of a family besieged by ghosts. Interesting casting, since DeWitt is not at all a household name – but then again, does she need to be? She’s made appearances in TV shows like “Mad Men” and “The United States of Tara”, as well as last year’s PROMISED LAND, directed by Gus Van Sant, which put her on the map.

Sam Raimi is producing the remake, while Gil Kenan (MONSTER HOUSE) is directing from a screenplay by David Lindsay-Abaire.

Dubbed a revisionist take on the original film, the new story centers on a family struggling to make ends meet that relocates to an outdated suburban home and is confronted by an angry spirit who kidnaps their youngest daughter and challenges them to band together to rescue her from the clutches of evil.

POLTERGEIST begins shooting this fall.

Source: Deadline

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