As reported by Deadline, Madelaine Petsch (Riverdale), Froy Gutierrez (Cruel Summer), and Gabriel Basso (Hillbilly Elegy) have been cast in the Lionsgate remake of The Strangers, which has begun production in Slovakia. Renny Harlin (Cliffhanger) is directing the first installment of a trilogy and has already signed on to direct the second and third installments.
The original The Strangers was a home invasion film written and directed by Bryan Bertino in his feature debut, starring Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman. It was a sleeper hit when it was released in May 2008 by Universal Pictures and became a cult classic in the years since, with the sequel The Strangers: Prey at Night being released in March 2018.
Producer Courtney Soloman described why the remake was being tackled:
When setting out to remake The Strangers, we felt there was a bigger story to be told, which could be as powerful, chilling, and terrifying as the original and could really expand that world. Shooting this story as a trilogy allows us to create a hyperreal and terrifying character study. We’re fortunate to be joining forces with Madelaine Petsch, an amazing talent whose character is the driving force of this story.Courtney Soloman
The new Strangers movie will follow Petsch’s character as she drives across the country with her longtime boyfriend to start a new life in the Pacific Northwest. When their car breaks down in Venus, Oregon, they are forced to spend the night in a remote Airbnb, where they are terrorized by three masked strangers from dusk to dawn. Lionsgate intends to expand the story in novel and unexpected ways with its sequels.