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– by Nick Doll

Hollywood still has Stephen King fever! And hopefully audiences still do, as well.

Entertainment Weekly reports that John Lithgow will play the kindly but lonely neighbor Jud Crandall in the latest film adaptation of King’s Pet Sematary.

The film shoots this summer with an April 19, 2019 release date. The film has already cast Jason Clarke as Louis Creed, the father who becomes close friends with Jud Crandall (Lithgow).

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Jud is the one who leads Creed and his family on a tour of the nearby woods that leads to the Pet Sematary, as the title suggests. Later, he guides Louis far beyond said sematary to an even stranger place deep in the wilderness, after the death of a family pet…

If you’ve not even read or seen the original film, you may see where this is going based on South Park alone.

There is certainly more to this kindly neighbor than meets the eye, and I look forward to seeing Lithgow’s dark side that he showcased so brilliantly in Dexter Season 4. Obviously, we’ve all seen him play a “kindly neighbor” part many times.

This latest adaptation will be directed by Starry Eyes directors Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsh, with a script by Jeff Buhler (Nightflyers).

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SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly