The Stephen King universe continues to dominate screens big and small. Next is a modern adaptation of the macabre maestro's 1980 tome Firestarter set up at Blumhouse productions, which has now landed its lead. As reported by Deadline (opens in new tab), American Horror Story's Ryan Keira Armstrong will tackle the part of firestarter Charlie McGee.
Also revealed is a first look at Armstrong in the role that made Drew Barrymore famous in the 1984 adaptation. It's safe to say… there's similarities.
We found our #Firestarter @RyanKArmstrong...check out our first look of her from the film @blumhouse @UniversalPics @WeedroadP ‘Firestarter’: Blumhouse Reboot Of Stephen King Classic Finds Their ‘Charlie’ In Ryan Kiera Armstrong –https://t.co/9J8tkNJMgQ via @DeadlineJune 2, 2021
At the tender age of 11, Armstrong's stacked up a decent list of credits. She snagged a sizable role in American Horror Story season 10, popped into another King property, It, for a brief but scary sequence, and if that wasn't enough she's due to appear in this year's Black Widow (opens in new tab). Plenty of proof she's got what it takes to tackle this classic King property.
The story revolves around a pyrokinetic girl whose abilities draw the attention of a shady government organization called The Shop. Zac Efron is on board as her father Andy McGee whose participation in experiments caused Charlie's unique abilities. Behind the camera, The Vigil's Keith Thomas directs from a script by Halloween Kills' scribe Scott Teems.
This upcoming reworking of King's tale appears to be going all-in on the effects – a good sign for a movie about a kid who can set things on fire with her mind. A recent tweet from Blumhouse signaled the start of shooting, and they're definitely cranking up the heat, by the looks of this poor guy:
Walking into the first day of production like.... #firestarter @jason_blum @ZacEfron @AkivaGoldsman @StephenKing @MichaelGreyeyes pic.twitter.com/bOtUWd4k56May 25, 2021
Before Firestarter arrives in theaters, check out our ranking of the best Stephen King movies. Or, if you're in the mood for more frights, make sure to read our best horror movies of all time ranking.