Orion Pictures announced today that breakout star Jackson Robert Scott will play the young lead in Nicholas McCarthy’s upcoming untitled horror film, formerly known as Descendantthe announcement was made today by John Hegeman, President, Orion Pictures. Scott, most recently seen as Georgie Denbrough in the blockbuster Stephen King adaptation of It, joins previously announced Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Taylor Schilling (Orange Is the New Black). Nicholas McCarthy (The Pact) will direct from an original screenplay by Jeff Buhler (The Midnight Meat Train).

The film tells the story of a mother who, concerned about her young son’s disturbing behavior, thinks something supernatural may be affecting him. Production is expected to begin this month in Toronto.

The project is produced by Tripp Vinson (The RiteThe Exorcism of Emily Rose). Daniel Bekerman, Lisa Zambri, Nick Spicer, and Jeff Buhler will executive produce.

Scott’s portrayal of Georgie in Andy Muschietti’s It helped to propel the film’s tremendous success as the highest-grossing horror film of all time bringing in $700 million at the global box office. Scott will soon reunite with Muschietti having earned a lead role in his upcoming one-hour horror/fantasy drama adaptation of the IDW comic Locke & Key for Hulu.  His other credits include guest spots in Fear the Walking Dead and Criminal Minds.

Orion recently announced the acquisition of John McPhail’s award-winning zombie holiday musical Anna and the Apocalypse, set for release later this year.

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