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‘Leatherface’ Has Found Its Female Lead

It feels like every other year some sort of relaunch of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre is announced. There was the 2003 remake that starred Jessica Biel. A few years later we got the prequel Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning. In 2013, there was Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D, which found a new actor playing the role of “Leatherface.” Now there’s Leatherface, another prequel, coming. This one will go back even further, introducing us to titular character during his teenage years.

This new take will be directed by French filmmakers Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo and, according to The Wrap, they have found their female lead. She’s a newcomer and her name is Vanessa Grasse. It was a decision that they didn’t take lightly, having auditioned over 90 other actresses for the role.

According to The Wrap, the directors were taken with her innocence and naturalistic approach to the material. She’ll be playing a nurse at a mental hospital that is kidnapped by a group of teenagers and taken on a hellish road trip. In pursuit of the group will be an off-kilter lawman, played by Stephen Dorff. One of the teens will experience a few key things that will transform him into the “Leatherface” we all know and love. 

Another notable name in the cast is Lili Taylor, known for films like The Conjuring, Ransom, Mystic Pizza, and more. 

Leatherface is set to begin on May 18, for an expected 2016 release.

SOURCE: The Wrap

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