The biggest hype surrounding Wes Craven’s “25/8” is that it will, in the man’s own words, unveil a “signature villain, a serial killer who turns up 15 years after his purported death”. Now Craven has his cast, led by young Henry Lee Hopper, son of the kooky Dennis Hopper. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hopper will play the lead, a character named Bug, one of seven teens haunted by a serial killer that supposedly died when the kids were born 15 years earlier. The movie is supposed to take place over the course of a single day.
Also joining Hopper are Denzel Whitaker, Shareeka Epps and Emily Meade.
Epps (“Half Nelson”), Whitaker (“The Great Debaters”) and Meade (the upcoming “Assassination of a High School President”), who are all expected to be part of the cast, are teens with several projects under their belts. But “25/8” marks Hopper’s professional acting debut. Craven is casting relative unknowns to avoid giving viewers any preconceptions of who will die onscreen.
Bah. The innocent white girl who refuses to have sex with her horny boyfriend will probably survive. Call me crazy.
“25/8” starts the stabbing in Connecticut in mid-April.