Alisha Weir has signed on to play a character who may be Dracula’s daughter in the new film from Scream makers Radio Silence
Last month, it was announced that Radio Silence, the filmmaking team that brought Ready or Not, Scream (2022), and Scream VI to the screen, had come on board a Universal Monsters project that was previously going by the title Dracula’s Daughter. Now The Hollywood Reporter has broken the news that Alisha Weir, star of Matilda: The Musical, has signed on to play the formerly titular character.
Weir joins previously announced cast member Melissa Barrera, who worked with Radio Silence on both of their Scream movies.
Radio Silence members Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett are going to be directing the film, while the third member of the trio, Chad Villella, will be producing. Their Scream movie collaborators William Sherak, Paul Neinstein, and James Vanderbilt of Project X Entertainment will also be producing the monster movie alongside their Ready or Not producer Tripp Vinson. Universal’s Jay Polidoro is overseeing the project with Holly Goline and Kelly Cannon. Jacqueline Garell is also involved. Stephen Shields wrote the initial screenplay for this take on Dracula’s Daughter, and Guy Busick (who co-wrote the two recent Scream movies with Vanderbilt) has since done some revisions.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the story centers on a group of kidnappers who abduct a band of young people, one of whom ends up being Dracula’s daughter. The kidnappers will suffer the consequences of their actions. Barrera will be playing one of the kidnappers.
Universal indicated to The Hollywood Reporter that the project falls in the lane of such films as Leigh Whannell’s The Invisible Man and Renfield, Chris McKay’s take on a Dracula side character — movies that provide “a unique take on legendary monster lore and will represent a fresh, new direction for how to celebrate these classic characters.” Universal previously released a movie called Dracula’s Daughter in 1936, telling the story of “Countess Marya Zaleska (Gloria Holden), the daughter of Count Dracula and herself a vampire. She believes that by destroying Dracula’s body, she can be free from his influence and live a normal life. When this fails, she seeks out a psychiatrist named Dr. Jeffrey Garth, played by Otto Kruger. The Countess kidnaps Dr. Garth’s assistant Janet (Marguerite Churchill) and takes her to Transylvania. This leads to a fight between Dr. Garth, the Countess, and Janet in an effort by him to save Janet.”
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