Paramount Players' New 'Paranormal Activity' Finds Its Lead Cast (Exclusive)
Paramount Players’ newest installment in the “Paranormal Activity” franchise has found its lead cast, with Emily Bader, Roland Buck III, Dan Lippert and Henry Ayres-Brown joining the upcoming chapter, TheWrap has learned exclusively.
Will Eubank (“Underwater”) is directing from a script by Christopher Landon (“Happy Death Day”). Jason Blum is producing via Blumhouse, alongside Oren Peli, while Landon is executive producing along with Steven Schneider. It will debut on Paramount+.
The plot for the upcoming sequel is being kept under wraps. Paramount first teamed with Blum on the initial microbudget phenomenon in 2009, which went on to gross over $190M worldwide.
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Created by Peli, who wrote, directed and shot the initial installment, the new “Paranormal” will be the first installment in the microbudget horror series since “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension” in 2015. Known for their very low budgets — the original 2007 film was made on a $15,000 budget — the “Paranormal Activity” series was a lucrative franchise for Paramount but had future sequels temporarily shelved after “The Ghost Dimension” grossed only $78 million at the box office, down from a peak of $207 million for “Paranormal Activity 3” in 2011.
Bader has most recently starred in the TV shows “Broken Visions” and “Charmed,” and is currently in pre-production on a short called “Trust” by Diane Lansing. Buck has been a recurring character on “Chicago Med” and also starred in “Better Call Saul” and “College.”
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Lippert has starred on shows like “The Grand Slams,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “American Princess,” and has most recently starred in three shorts; “Steel Cut Oats,” “Undead Life” and “An Opening.” And Ayres-Brown’s credits include “The Blacklist,” “The Deuce” and, most recently, “Monsterland.”
Lippert is repped by Jonathan Rakower of Framework Entertainment and Grace Kallis of Ginsburg Daniels Kallis; Buck is repped by A3 Artists Agency, Stewart Talent and Insight Entertainment; Bader is represented by Luber Roklin Entertainment and Ayres-Brown is repped by ICM and Untitled Entertainment.
For the record: A previous version of this story incorrectly identified Roland Buck III’s management company due to a typographical error by his agency.