Lead Actress Tapped For Upcoming ‘Firestarter’ Reboot

A young actress with impressive genre creds has been named to play the lead role of Charlie in the much-anticipated remake of the Stephen King classic Firestarter.

Ryan Kiera Armstrong–with American Horror Story and ItChapter II on her resume–will take on the key role made famous by Drew Barrymore in the original 1984 film, as reported by Deadline. Check out the photo on this page to see what Armstrong will look like in the part.

As all of King’s Constant Readers (and Viewers) know, Firestarter tells the eerie story of a young girl who develops pyrokinetic powers (enabling her to set things ablaze) and who is abducted by a secret government agency called The Shop that wants to harness her abilities as a weapon.

Armstrong will join the previously announced Zac Efron–who will portray Charlie’s father Andy McGee–and Michael Greyeyes—as assassin John Rainbird–in the cast.

The film–from Blumhouse Productions and Universal Pictures–is directed by Keith Thomas (The Vigil) from a screenplay by Scott Teems (Halloween Kills). Jason Blum and Akiva Goldsman are producing, with Martha De Laurentiis serving as executive producer.

The original Firestarter–adapted from King’s 1980 novel–starred Barrymore, David Keith, Martin Sheen and George C. Scott. The film–which received lukewarm reviews–grossed $19 million on a $12-million budget.

Keep reading Horror News Network for further updates on this remake of Firestarter.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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