David Gordon Green has been talking about helming a remake of Dario Argento’s warped ballet-academy-turned-witch-coven horror movie classic Suspiria for so long that it started to sound like a project that was never really going to happen. But then, a little over a month ago, a press release came out officially naming it as the director’s next project. Suddenly the idea that there was actually going to be a new take on Suspiria coming our way looked a lot more likely. And now that the first round of casting on the film has been completed, cold hard reality has set in.
Variety reports that the film’s lead role, that of a young student from America who travels to a well-respected, European ballet academy, has gone to Isabelle Fuhrman. At only the age of 15, Fuhrman is an actress still at the very beginning of her career, but many people might already know her as the creepy little girl in Orphan, or for playing the side character of Clove in this year’s smash hit The Hunger Games.
You need more than just one young girl to remake Suspiria, however, you need a whole crew of evil, European freaks as well – and Screen Daily brings us an update on how Green’s work is going on that front. According to the site, Fuhrman will be joined by a supporting cast that includes names like The Piano Teacher’s Isabelle Huppert, Albert Nobbs’ Janet McTeer, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’s Michael Nyqvist, and Pandorum’s Antje Traue. That’s a talented group of multi-cultural evil people if I’ve ever seen one.
Add all of this acting talent to the fact that Green is re-teaming with his always impressive production designer Richard A. Wright and cinematographer Tim Orr, as well as bringing on Oscar-winning costume designer Milena Canonero, and Suspiria is starting to look more and more like a project worth watching. You know…even though we’ve already seen it all before. Shooting is scheduled to start in September.