LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Colin Farrell will sink his teeth into a remake of the cult 1985 film “Fright Night,” while Toni Collette will play a mom who falls under his spell.
The two join Anton Yelchin in DreamWorks’ new version, which sticks to the original concept of a teen (Yelchin) being convinced that his new neighbour is a vampire, though no one will believe him.
Farrell has the plum role of the vampire, named Jerry, who on the surface appears to be a cool guy but is really preying on the neighbourhood. Chris Sarandon originated the role.
Collette is Yelchin’s mom, who at first disapproves of the new arrival but changes her attitude when she meets the magnetic man and -- surprise -- doesn’t believe her son when he tries to tell her Jerry is a vampire. Craig Gillespie is directing.
“Fright Night” represents Farrell’s first significant studio work since such disappointments as “Pride and Glory” in 2008 and “Miami Vice” in 2006. He subsequently retreated to the indie world, earning a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of an assassin in the thriller “In Bruges” and taking an uncredited role as a country star in last year’s “Crazy Heart.”
The Irish actor recently wrapped a starring turn in “London Boulevard,” the directorial debut of Oscar-winning “Departed” writer William Monahan.
After starting in film, Collette is now best known for her Emmy-winning starring role in Showtime’s “United States of Tara.”